William Shaw, Josie Shaw, Mertie West, and Dorothea Siemsen in front of a roadside restaurant in Claremont. A sign in the background reads, "Dinners Sandwiches." There are also cars parked in the background.
Henry Hebard West was a Los Angeles resident, Southern Pacific Railroad employee, and candid photographer. His photograph album contains images of Los Angeles and vicinity, but also includes many photos of travels to Northern California, the Midwest, and New England. Most of the photos are portraits of the West family in Los Angeles, where they lived at 240 S. Griffin Avenue, in a house built by the photographer's father. The photos provide a first-hand look at the architecture, interior decoration, furniture, clothing, hair styles, and transportation of the period. They document the life of the West family over a span of forty years, as they age, marry, raise children, enjoy outings to nearby city parks, beaches, hotels, and missions, and vacation together in Northern California, returning again and again to places like Yosemite, Silver Lake, Gem Lake, June Lake, Convict Lake, and Minnelusa to camp; sled; hike; trout fish; and hunt deer, rabbits, doves, and sage hens.
Wayne West, Maud Foreman West, H. H. West Jr., and Mertie West pose together. H. H. West Jr. holds what may be a blanket along with a bag that is slung over his shoulder. He wears a military hat and jacket. Wayne West has a hand his hand in the pocket of his jacket. There are cars parked behind them and houses and trees across the street.
Mertie West stands under a tarp at a campsite at Rock Creek. At the left, there is a tent. There are rocks in the foreground. Next to Mrs. West, there are pots and pans. There is a table at the right under the tarp. There are trees in the background and at the right.
Mertie West stands in front of her home holding a bouquet of flowers. She wears a dress with a brooch on it and glasses. The porch of the house is visible with the numbers "2223" on the stairs. She stands by a small bush. There is a doormat at the base of the stairs.
Mertie West stands at a stove at a campsite. She bends over and is in motion and therefore is slightly blurry. There are pots and pans on the stove. In the background, there is an awning above and more pots, as well as a table. There are trees in the background.
Mertie West sits on a bed at a campsite. She wears a floral dress, glasses, and a head covering. She is in motion and therefore slightly blurry. There is a plaid blanket on the bed. There are clothes and bags hanging from the trees behind. There are pots on the ground and a large rock in the foreground.
Mertie West poses with H. H. West Jr. in front of Union Station. He wears a military uniform. She wears a hat and gloves and holds her purse against her body. There is a tree in the background, as well as a tiled column.
H. H. West's wife, Mertie West, poses with a large palm tree in the background. She looks off to the right of the photograph. She wears a coat, hat, and holds a purse and gloves. There are houses, cars, and trees in the background.
Mertie West and Forrest and Agnes Whitaker stand in their campsite at Rock Creek. Mrs. West wears a floral dress. Mrs. Whitaker leans on a tree, and Mr. Whitaker sits on a bed. There is a tent at the left. There are pots and pans in the foreground and trees in the background.
Mertie West and Forrest and Agnes Whitaker stand in their campsite at Rock Creek. Mrs. West has her foot up on a rock and her hand to her mouth. Mrs. Whitaker holds a stick. Mr. Whitaker has a hand on his hip and a hand on his leg. He wears a hat and glasses. In the foreground, there are rocks and pots and pans, as well as a box. In the background, there are chairs, boxes, and tables, as well as trees.
Mertie West and Forrest and Agnes Whitaker sit at their campsite at Rock Creek. There is a tent behind them. There are rocks in the foreground, as well as pots and pans. At the right, there are boxes on a table.
Mertie West and Agnes Whitaker sit on chairs while Forrest Whitaker stands next to them. Mr. Whitaker smokes a pipe and holds on to the trunk of a small tree. Mrs. West looks to the right. Mrs. Whitaker's back is to the camera. There is a bed at the left with a plaid blanket on it. In the background, there is an awning propped up.
Lynn West, Maud West, Wayne West, and Mertie West pose in the front yard of Wayne West's house. Lynn West wears a military uniform. There are cars driving and parked in the background, along with other houses, lampposts, and a building next door in front of which there are sandbags piled.
"Will Witherby" probably refers to William Witherby. Josephine Witherby is William's sister. Their brother, Wesley W. Witherby, and his wife Zetta appear in images in this archive. Mertie West is the second wife of the photographer, H. H. West.
H. H. West's family poses in front of an orange tree by Wayne West's home. Myrtle West holds an orange and a bouquet of flowers. Evert West holds oranges. A house is visible at the right of the photograph.
H. H. West poses with his wife and son. Mrs. West has her arm through her husband's and her other arm around her step-son's back. H. H. West Jr. wears a military hat and jacket and has a hand in his pocket. West wears a suit and hat. There is a palm tree behind him. The West's home is visible at the far left of the photograph. There are other houses in the background, as well as other trees, power lines, and a parked car.
H. H. West poses with his wife and children at the Southern Pacific Railroad depot. H. H. West Jr. is in his military uniform and wears a hat and sunglasses. They stand in front of a truck, and there is a building and car at the left. The photographer's finger is visible in the foreground and the image is a bit blurry.
H. H. West and Mertie Whitaker West's family sit at the Thanksgiving table. There is a covered serving dish at the center of the table, as well as candles and various dishes. There is a chair with a magazine on it at the left of the photograph and the edge of an armchair or couch at the right. There is a light streak across the bottom of the photograph.
H. H. West and Mertie Whitaker West's family sit at the Thanksgiving table. There is a covered serving dish at the center of the table, as well as candles and various dishes. There is a chair with a magazine on it at the left of the photograph and the edge of an armchair or couch at the right.
Gilbert Cecil West, Mertie West, and William Roscoe Wright stand next to a movie poster in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Gilbert and William are in their army uniforms. Mertie wears a hat and coat and holds her purse under her arm. The movie poster is advertising Hudson's Bay starring Paul Muni and Gene Tierney.
Agnes Whitaker and Mertie West eat at a table at Rock Creek. Mrs. Whitaker wears a flat hat and an apron. Mrs. West has one arm in the air and in the other hand she holds a fork or spoon. The table is covered with jars, bowls, cups, and plates. There is a large box of Wheaties on the table. At the right, there is another table with more supplies on it. There are other supplies in the background, including a Scotch Soap box. There are trees in the background.