Lot Details

George Watson, Prohibition: Confiscated Beer Foams Down 3rd and Hill Streets, 1930s. Gelatin silver print on original mount, 15.5 x 19 inches (39.4 x 48.3 cm). Printed in 1972 for the Watson Family Exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry. Signed and labeled.

The Watson Family of photographers spans four generations, and began with James Watson, who moved to the U.S. from England in 1885. He moved to Los Angeles in 1901, and the family’s work would remain focused in Southern California into the 21st century.

George Watson (1892-1977) was one of James Watson's three sons to continue the Watson family's legacy in photography. George Watson was hired in 1917 by the Los Angeles Times as one of their first staff photographers. He went on to provide images to accompany many of the major news stories of the roaring 20s. In 1929, he left the Times to become photographer and manager of ACME News Pictures, where he covered the 1932 Olympics and documented many emerging developments in flight technology. George Watson worked at ACME until he retired in 1940.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Punctures / Holes
Area: Image
Location: Upper right, Upper left
Notes: small hanging holes in the top two corners
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
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Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

Watson Family Exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry.
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 15.5 x 19 in. (39.37 x 48.26 cm.)
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