Photograph, from left to right, of H. H. West, Jr., Mertie West, Wes Witherby and Zetta Witherby posing for a photograph in front of foliage at Hobart Blvd. The group stands left-of-center. H. H. wears dark clothes and rests his hand to his hip. Next to him, Mertie has one arm wrapped around H. H. and the other rests at her side. She wears a striped dress. Wes stands slightly behind her and rests one arm on Mertie's right shoulder and rests the other on Zetta's left shoulder. He wears a fedora hat, jacket and vest. At right, Zetta stands with her arms clasped in front of her as Wes's arm rests on her shoulder.
William Shaw, Mertie West, Agnes and Forrest Whitaker stand on rocks in Pine Creek while H. H. West Jr. sits in front. Forrest holds a hat. Agnes holds a tree branch in front of her. William and Mertie have a hand on their hips.
Photograph of Mertie West looking at charts posted in the storefront window of Pan American World Airways. A street stretches across the foreground on an upward angle from right to left. Mertie West stands in the near distance at center with her back to camera. She faces the shop window and looks at something posted in the window. The window extends to Mertie's right. Etched in the window it reads, "PAA The System of the Flying Clippers PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS." To Mertie's left, the front door sits back from the sidewalk. Etched into the glass of the door, it reads, "ALASKA SERVICE SEATTLE KETCHIKAN JUNEAU WHITEHORSE FAIRBANKS GALENA NOME McGRATH BETHEL." Another window and door sit to the left of that door. In the window at left, it reads, "CANADIAN PACIFIC." A doorway also stands along the right frame. An awning in the streamline moderne-style hovers over the sidewalk.
Photograph of Mertie West sitting beside a picture window at Chateau Lake Louise and looking out at the landscape. In the foreground, Mertie West sits in a chair at right. She sits in profile, facing left, but looks through the picture window behind her. A small table stands along the lower left edge and curtains hang down beside the window, along the right edge. The picture window spans the width of the image and extends beyond the top frame. A view of the adjacent landscape is framed by the window. The landscaped grounds of the hotel lie beyond the window, lining its bottom edge. Further back, Lake Louise stretches across the image. At the far end of the lake, mountains rise to the right and left. Victoria Glacier sits above Lake Louise at center.
Photograph of Mertie West sitting at a writing desk in the lobby of the Chateau Lake Louise. A chair upholstered in a floral print sits in the foreground at center and faces left. Beyond it, Mertie West sits in the near distance, left-of-center, at a writing desk. Mertie sits in profile, facing left. The desk, obscured by a plant in the foreground, stands propped against a wall at left. The left wall is lined by large, arched windows and stretches back towards center. Behind and to the right of Mertie, the lobby extends into the background. An arched entryway stands at the far end of the lobby at center and a decorative ceiling hovers over the lobby at right.
Photograph of Mertie West standing outside the New York Stock Exchange building while visiting the Financial District. A wide sidewalk enters frame along the bottom edge at left and stretches back towards center. In the foreground at right, a car in partial view is parked along the curb, facing camera. Two men lean against the car and face left. Just beyond them, in the near distance, Mertie West stands along the street curb. She stands in profile facing left, but turns her head to camera. Men walk along the sidewalk to the left of her and away from the camera. The New York Stock Exchange building lines the far left side of the sidewalk. It enters frame from the left edge and stands in partial view. Decorated corbels support balconies that extend outward from the building's second-story. An American Flag and a United Hospital Fund flag also extend out from the building and fly over the sidewalk. In the distance at right, Federal Hall National Monument stands in partial view. It is viewed from its front facade. Columns line its portico, supporting an entablature and pediment. A statue stands outside the front of the building. Surrounding buildings in the Financial District rise in the background.
Photograph, from left to right, of H. H. West, H. H. West, Jr. and Mertie West as they pose for an informal group photograph in front of a pile of tree branches at the Big Pines (Boy) Scout Camp. H. H. looks away from the camera to the left while he rests his hand on his hip and holds a cigar. H. H. Jr. stands between H. H. Sr. and Mertie in his Boy Scout uniform. He rests one arm on Mertie's shoulder and looks up towards the left. Mertie smiles to the camera. In the background to the right of Mertie, a man stands next to a parked car and beyond that, a cabin is tucked into the background. Large trees line the background.
A worm's-eye view photograph, from left to right, of: Josie Shaw, Will Shaw, Abraham Whitaker, Mertie West, Everett Shaw, Wright Prickett, Jr. and Wes Witherby posing in the open window area of a porch for an informal group portrait at Bailey's cottage in Manhattan Beach. The shingle-style cottage is viewed from the ground and the camera looks up towards the group. They stand in a row to the right of column with "1008" on it. A portion of the roof is visible in the upper left corner and a shutter is visible at right.
Photograph, from left to right, of: Frances Wells, Mertie West, Richard Siemsen, Anna West and H. H. West, Jr., posing on the front porch steps of H. H. West's residence on North Ridgewood Place. The group is viewed close-up and stands together, off-center to the right. They stand in staggered rows on the steps and all look to the camera. H. H. West, Jr. stands on the lowest level at right. Behind and to the left of him, Anna West stands a step higher. Mertie West stands on the same step to the left of Anna. Behind Mertie and Anna, Richard Siemsen stands on the highest step. Frances Wells stands beside him to the left. The covered porch stretches back behind the group, with the front door standing behind Frances. A few punch holes line the bottom edge at right.
Photograph of Mertie West and other visitors to the Columbia Icefield walking down the steps of a lodge in either Jasper National Park or Banff National Park. A wide dirt road stretches across the foreground. The chalet/lodge stands in partial view in the near distance. The structure is viewed straight-on and extends beyond the frame at top and right. A wide set of steps, left-of-center, descends from the building and towards the camera. Several visitors stand near the top of the steps and face camera. Mertie West stands at the bottom of the steps at center and appears to move towards the right. A large bay window juts out from the building, lining the top of the stairs. Above the bay window, a balcony spans the gap between 2 sets of windows. On the right side of the building, scaffolding stands and above it, a dormer sits on the rooftop.
Photograph of Mertie West posing in front of a glacier in the Columbia Icefield at either Jasper National Park or Banff National Park. Mertie West stands in the foreground at center and looks to the camera. A stone-strewn landscape surrounds Mertie and stretches back towards the glacier. Other sightseers walk away from the camera, behind and to the right of Mertie. Beyond Mertie, the toe of a large glacier sits at center. It extends back, and up to the left. In front and to the right of the glacier, a lake of glacial meltwater sits. A snow covered mountain rises to the right of the glacier.
An out-of-focus photograph of Mertie West sitting at a writing desk in the lobby of Chateau Lake Louise. Mertie West sits in profile at center, facing right. She sits at a writing desk to the right of her. The desk is propped against a wall. Behind Mertie, a large picture window is inset into the wall at right. The lobby extends behind her. An archway rises directly behind Mertie and a plant in a vase sits on a table behind and to the left of Mertie. In the foreground, an empty chair sits in front of Mertie, left-of-center.
Photograph of Mertie West standing on the front steps of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and looking towards Alexandria. A large stone landing spans the foreground on an upward angle to the left. Mertie West stands on the landing at center. She faces away from camera. Ahead of her and to the right, the George Washington Masonic National Monument's grounds stretch into the near distance. Beyond the grounds, Alexandria is visible in the distance. Residential areas of the town sit to the left of the memorial's grounds. Farther back, a railroad passes through Alexandria at a slight angle. Buildings stand across Alexandria's cityscape.
Group at their campsite near Rush Creek. There is a log in the foreground, and the camp kitchen is beyond that, including a camp stove, small tables, pots and pans, and dishes. William, Edith, and Josie Shaw stand at the left. A tent and a car are behind them. The others sit at a table, while Mertie West serves them. The table is under an awning. There are mountains in the background. Left to right, the people in the image are: William Shaw, Edith Shaw, Josie Shaw, Mertie West, H. H. West Jr., Abraham Whitaker, Wes Witherby, Agnes Whitaker.
Photograph of Mertie West standing behind the parapet of an outlook along the south rim of Crater Lake and looking northwest. A pathway stretches across the observation area on an upward, arcing angle from left to right. A stone parapet lines the back edge of the area. Mertie stands, left-of-center, on the near side of the wall with her back to the camera. She gazes out towards the lake in the distance. Beyond the parapet, a pine stands along the right edge of the image and a few bare trees stand along the left edge, creating a frame. Crater Lake sits in the distance at center. Wizard Island juts into the lake from the left, behind the trees. Mountains and ridges line the rim on the far side of the lake.
An out-of-focus photograph of Mertie West posing on the top deck of a ship en route from Seattle to Alaska. Mertie West stands at center and looks to the camera. In front of her, a hand crank juts into the foreground from the right. The deck floor that Mertie stands upon extends on an upward angle from left to right. Behind Mertie, an upper deck cabin stands. A door sits behind and to the right of Mertie. Single portholes are inset on both sides of the door. Atop the cabin, a sign reading, "ALASKA STEAMSHI[P]," extends out-of-frame at right.
An out-of-focus photograph of Mertie West posing outside the First Church of Christ, Scientist's southern facade in Boston. A brick-paved walkway extends along the bottom edge. Mertie West stands in the near distance at left, along the back edge of the walkway. She stands in profile facing right, but turns her head to the camera. Immediately behind her, a wide, short set of steps, flanked by lampposts on pedestals, descends behind her. From the steps, the walkway stretches back on an angle towards the left side of the church. To the right of the walkway, a small, landscaped lawn sits in front of the church. The First Church of Christ, Scientist stands in the background, off-center to the left. It is viewed at a slight angle from its southern facade. A half-dome, lined with arched windows, extends towards camera. A white haze washes over the majority of the image. Two streaks of bright, white light crisscross at center.
Members of the West family tend to George M. West and Wilhelmina West's graves. Wilson West and Richard West stand while the women both crouch down. There are gravestones beyond them. There are palm trees and other trees in the background, as well as houses and cars.
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.
Forrest Whitaker, Abraham Whitaker, Agnes Whitaker, H. H. West Jr., and Mertie West sit in a Willys-Knight car in Yosemite National Park. Forrest Whitaker sits in the driver's seat. The two men wears hats, while the women and the boy wear what appear to be visors.
Photograph of Mertie West (center) and others strolling through the town of Circle, Alaska. Overgrown grasses in the foreground at left line a dirt and gravel road that enters frame at right. Mertie West walks along this road in the distance, right-of-center. One man stands behind and to the left of Mertie. Three other people stand in the overgrown grasses that line the right side of the road. Beyond them, 2 log buildings stand in a line that recedes into the distance. The taller of the two buildings stands nearer to camera along the right edge. Both buildings are viewed at an angle and face left. The Yukon River flows horizontally across the image in the background, disappearing behind the log buildings at right.
Photograph of Agnes Whitaker, Mertie West and Forrest Whitaker standing at the top of a driveway leading up to the Siemsen's cabin at Big Bear Lake. They are seen from a low-angle view. A wide dirt drive, lined by loose rocks, enters frame along the lower right edge, curving slightly as it slopes upward towards center. At right and atop the small incline, stands, from left to right, Agnes Whitaker, Mertie West and Forrest Whitaker. All 3 face slightly left as they look to the camera. Behind them, the ground slopes upward again. A cabin (partial view) stands behind them, entering frame from the right. To the left of the cabin, Elizabeth (left) and Al (right) Siemsen stand amidst a cluster of loose rocks. At far left, building materials sit in a pile. Trees line the background. Opaque white patches occupy the lower left and lower right corners, dissipating as they extend upwards along their respective edges.
Photograph, from left to right, of Mertie West, Agnes Whitaker and Forrest Whitaker sitting in their boat as they launch from the wharf and into Big Bear Lake. The hull of another boat sits in partial view along the bottom edge in the foreground. Behind it, in the near distance at left, the boat occupied by Mertie West, Agnes Whitaker and Forrest Whitaker enters frame from the left. It appears to sit on a ramp as it angles into the water from the left. Mertie West stands towards the front of the boat at left. She is in profile, facing right. Ahead of her, Agnes Whitaker sits at center. She casts her gaze downwards as she shifts supplies around the boat. At the boat's stern, Forrest Whitaker sits. He faces slightly right and tinkers with the boat's motor. Beyond them, Big Bear Lake stretches across the image and into the distance. Silhouetted mountains rise from the opposite shore. Opaque, wide, white patches occupy the lower left and lower right corners, dissipating as they extend upwards along their respective edges.
Photograph of Mertie West, taken as she exits the women's restroom at Lake Mead. Mertie is at center and adjusts her eyeglasses as she steps down to exit the restroom. The restroom extends to her right and is supported atop railway ties. It is made of wood and has a low-pitched roof, with 3 sets of double support beams, extends around the building. On the underside of the roof at right, wiring runs along the side of the structure. Multiple cars are parked in the near distance at left and a desert landscape with mountains occupy the background.
Photograph, from left to right, of Ellen Lorene "Pinkie" Lemberger, Mertie Whitaker and Nella West standing on a pier at Santa Monica's North Beach while holding onto their hats. The pier spans the foreground and stretches back on an upward angle from the lower right corner towards the left. The women stand in a semi-circle on the pier, left-of-center. Pinkie Lemberger stands at left and faces towards the right. She places a hand to her hat. Mertie Whitaker stands at center and further back from the camera. She smiles to the camera as she places both hands behind her head. At right, Nella West stands in profile, facing left. She too raises a hand to her hat. The beach on the south side of the pier sprawls behind them in the distance at right. Nearest to camera, ocean waves roll onto the shore. The beach stretches horizontally across the image at right. Sitting back from the water at right, the Arcadia Hotel stands.
Distant photograph of Mertie West standing along the edge of Emerald Spring in the Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park. The spring sits in the distance at center. Mertie West stands in front of it, left-of-center, with her back to the camera. Steam rises from the spring and wafts towards the left. In the foreground at right, a signpost for the spring reads, "EMERALD POOL THE TEMPERATURE OF THIS POOL IS LOW ENOUGH TO PERMIT THE GROWTH OF A YELLOW TYPE OF HOT WATER ALGAE ON THE SIDES OF THE BOWL. THE NATURAL BLUE COLOR OF THE NEARLY PURE WATER BLENDS WITH THE YELLOW BACKGROUND TO PRODUCE THE BEAUTIFUL EMERALD-GREEN COLOR. THE TIMBERS IN THE BOTTOM WERE THROWN IN BY TOURISTS MANY YEARS AGO AND FLOATED ON THE SURFACE UNTIL THEY BECAME WATER-LOGGED AND SANK. THEY HAVE SINCE BECOME CEMENTED TO THE BOTTOM BY DEPOSITS OF GEYSERITE." A pine-covered hill- or mountainside rises on an upward across the background from left to right. A streak of white stretches across the image on an upward angle from the lower right corner towards the left.
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.
An out-of-focus photograph of Mertie West standing along the bank of a lake in Stanley Park and feeding ducks. Mertie West stands in the near distance at right. The bank she stands upon arcs back from the bottom edge and to the right. Mertie stands near the bank's edge, in profile and facing left. She holds a bag in the crook of her elbow. Ahead of her, the lake expands through the image. A dozen or so ducks cluster together in the water, just in front of Mertie. Boats sail the lake in the distance at center. The opposite bank lines the background and silhouetted mountains rise in the far distance.
An out-of-focus photograph of Mertie West standing on a lawn in Stanley Park in Vancouver. The lawn spans the width of the bottom edge and stretches back into the distance on an angle to the left. Mertie West stands in the near distance, left-of-center. She stands in profile, facing left, but turns her head towards the camera. Further back on the lawn, other park visitors walk at left. Trees line the lawn's right (or back) edge in the distance.
An out-of-focus and poorly-lit photograph of Mertie West walking along the Old North Bridge in Concord. The bridge spans the width of the bottom edge and sits off-center to the right. It stretches straight back towards center. Woodbeam railings line both sides of the bridge. Mertie West stands in the near distance at center. She appears to walk towards the camera. The bridge terminates behind her. Trees line the background and a monument is just visible behind and to the left of Mertie. A filmy, white haze glazes over the majority of the image.
An out-of-focus photograph of Mertie West posing in front of a Westcraft Trailer at Circle Hot Springs. Mertie West stands in the near distance at center and looks to the camera. Behind her stands a two-tone Westcraft Trailer, viewed from the side. Its front end is at left and is unhitched. To the right of the trailer, a wooden building stands in partial view along the right edge. Behind the trailer, a log building stands. It extends back to the left. A car is parked along the left side of the building and faces camera. Mountains are visible in the far distance.
A double-exposed and blurry photograph, from left to right, of H. H. West and Mertie West posing in front of a pool at Badwater Basin. The couple stands at center and appear to look to the camera. Their figures are blurred. Behind them, a pool of water sits in the basin and extends to the right, out-of-frame. Beyond the pool, salt flats stretch into the distance. Mountains rise in the background at left.
An out-of-focus photograph of Mertie West and others walking between the elevated vaults in one of the St. Louis Cemeteries in New Orleans. A well-trodden grass pathway spans the width of the bottom edge and extends back towards the right. In the foreground at left, a uniformed man leads a group of sightseeing women through the grounds as he approaches the left frame. One woman stands directly behind and to the right of him. Several other women follow behind in a group, off-center to the right. Mertie West stands towards the back of this group at center. She faces camera and is fourth from the left. To the left of the group, 2 large vaults stand side-by-side behind a wrought-iron fence. Vaults are barely visible lining the right side of the pathway as it stretches into the distance. A large, opaque patch of white occupies the lower right corner.
Photograph, from left to right, of Mertie West, Josie Shaw and Hannah Lockwood sitting around the McDonalds' backyard in Burbank during a picnic. The manicured back lawn stretches across the foreground and mid-ground. The 3 women sit in a line that arcs back to the right. Mertie West sits leftmost and nearest to camera. She is in profile, facing right. Behind and to the right of her, Josie Shaw also sits in profile, facing right. Hannah Lockwood sits rightmost, facing camera, but looks towards the right. Someone else's legs peek into frame from the right edge. Behind the group, a hedge, fence and a few small trees line the yard's back boundary. A neighbor's home stands in the distance at right. Along the right edge, a large cylindrical object stands in front of the house.
Members of the Wells, West and Whitaker families stand outside the snow-covered Neil Wells cabin in winter. Neil Wells is front and center shoveling snow and smoking a cigarette. Behind him, from left to right: Mertie West, Agnes Whitaker, Frances (West) Wells, H. H. West, Jr. and Forrest Whitaker stand on the cabin's front porch.
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 stands atop a snowbank near his parked Buick and (from left to right) H. H. West, Jr., Mertie West and Frances (West) Wells sit on the front bumper of the Buick. A dog sits on the ground in front of Mertie West.
Photograph, from left to right, of Mertie West and Neil Wells. Mertie West watches as Neil Wells works to hitch a sled to H. H. West's Buick with rope. The Buick (left) is parked on the road. On the far left, H. H. West, Jr. stands beside an open passenger door.
Mary West sits on a wooden bench eating lunch with her daughter, Elizabeth West, and her in-laws, George and Wilhelmina West. Both women wear large hats. Elizabeth is sitting on the long pile of wood next to the picnic baskets. George and Wilhelmina sit on wooden stumps. There are other wood planks at the right. In the background, there are buildings with scaffolding in front of them and wagons parked in front. There are utility poles and wires throughout.
Mertie West and her family pose in front of a small waterfall along Lee Vining Creek on the Tioga Grade (probably the Tioga Pass Road, State Route 120). The waterfall runs down the rocks directly behind them. There are plants growing around it.
H. H. West and his family pose in front of a small waterfall along Lee Vining Creek on the Tioga Grade (probably the Tioga Pass Road, State Route 120). The waterfall runs down the rocks directly behind them. There are plants growing around it.
A blurry photograph of Mertie West standing near her parents' (Abraham and Mary Prickett Whitaker's) graves in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale on Decoration Day. The cemetery grounds sprawl across the entire image. Mertie stands in the near distance, right-of-center. She faces towards the left and carries something in her hands. Flowers sit on the ground to the left of her. A row of gravestones stretches back on an angle from the lower left corner towards the center of the image. At right, a crypt obscured by trees stands. Trees and flower arrangements dot the cemetery grounds.
Close-up photograph, from left to right, of Mertie West, Frances West Wells, H. H. West, Jr., Ann West and Richard Siemsen posing on the front steps of the First Methodist Church of Hollywood. The group stands off-center to the left and all look to the camera. They are viewed close-up with some standing in partial view. Mertie West stands in partial view along the left edge. Frances Wells stands to the right of her; her hat extends beyond the top edge. Behind and to the right of Frances, H. H. West, Jr. stands a step higher. His head extends beyond the top edge. In front of H. H., Jr. and to the right, Ann Roth stands between Frances and Richard. Richard Siemsen stands rightmost; his head also extends beyond the top edge of the image. The front steps of the church rise behind them and towards the decorative front portal of the church that spans the background.
Photograph of Mertie West standing on the beach near Las Fores Canyon in Malibu and smiling to the camera. She stands at center and faces towards the left. Her head is turned towards the camera as she smiles. Four beachgoers stand behind her at left. Umbrellas stand on the beach in the distance at right. Houses can be seen on the hill in the far distance at right.
Photograph of Mertie West sitting on the back bumper of H. H. West's Buick and posing in front of Mount Hood. A mountain road passes through the image on a curved angle from the lower left corner and back towards right-center. H. H. West's Buick is parked in the near distance at center, alongside the road. It is viewed from the rear. Mertie West sits on the far-right side of the bumper and looks to the camera. A hillside slopes up from the road at right. Pines cover a landscape that stretches along the left side of the road and back towards Mount Hood. Mount Hood is covered in snow as it rises in the distance at center.
Photograph of Mertie West standing on the front step of the motel she and H. H. West stopped at en route from Yellowstone National Park. A landscaped lawn stretches across the foreground. Beyond it at right stands a couple of attached rooms at the motel. Mertie stands in the distance at center in front of the door of the leftmost unit. A car is parked beneath an attached car port on the far right side of the building. Neighboring the motel on the left stands a house obscured by hedges that line the property along the left edge. A car with open doors is parked between the motel and the house. A willow tree stands in the distance at center behind the motel.
Photograph of Mertie West sitting aboard the Pullman car, Lake Sheridan, while traveling en route from Banff to Los Angeles. The train car is viewed close-up, from the exterior, and at an angle from the side. The side of the car stretches back on an angle across the image from left to right as it sits on the tracks. It extends beyond the frame at left and right. Mertie West sits behind the third window from the left and looks to the camera. Above the windows, it reads, "[P]ULLMAN," and below the windows it reads, "LAKE SHERIDAN."
Photograph of Mertie West sitting aboard the Pullman car, Lake Sheridan, while traveling en route from Banff to Los Angeles. The train car is viewed close-up, from the exterior, and from a low-angle perspective. The side of the car stretches horizontally across the image. It extends beyond the frame on all sides. Mertie West sits behind the center window and looks down to the camera. Above the windows, it reads, "[P]ULLM[AN]," and below the windows it reads, "LAKE SHERID[AN]."
Photograph of Mertie West and other sightseers entering the Ryan Borax Mine. Mertie West stands nearest to camera at right. She walks with her back to the camera. Further ahead of her, 5 others walk into the entrance of a mine. The mine entrance is viewed close-up. Rocks surround the lumber, post-and-lintel entryway. Beyond the entrance, the mine tunnel extends back beneath the rocks and into shadow.
Alfred Siemsen, Richard Siemsen, H. H. West Jr., Elizabeth West Siemsen, Mertie West, and Dorothea Siemsen stand in front of the Siemsen's home. H. H. West Jr. holds a cat. Alfred holds what may be a camera. Dorothea holds something to her mouth.
Photograph of Mertie West wearing a striped dress and an apron, holding a pot and bending over a camp stove with three pots on it, with an automobile in the background, at a seaside camp at San Onofre.
Photograph looking across the Norris Geyser Basin as Mertie West and other visitors explore the basin. The Norris Geyser Basin is viewed at an elevated angle with the flat basin stretching into the distance. Mertie West and a few others gather around a low geyser cone that sits in the near distance at left. It barely emits steam. Mertie stands far to the right of it, facing left. A man appears to approach it from right-center. A woman, facing the camera, stands behind it, left-of-center. Another woman stands further back and to the right and looks on from the distance. A larger geyser emits steam in the distance. It sits at center. Steam wafts to the right, low off the geyser. A group of about 5 people walk towards it at center; all have their backs to the camera. Silhouetted hills and mountains rise in the far distance.
Forrest Whitaker, Abraham Whitaker, Agnes Whitaker, H. H. West Jr., and Mertie West sit in a Willys-Knight car in Yosemite National Park. Forrest Whitaker sits in the driver's seat. The two men wears hats, while the women and the boy wear what appear to be visors. There is a sign next to the road at the right of the photograph.
Photograph of Mertie West (center) taking a drink of water from a drinking fountain and Josie Shaw (right) standing nearby in Independence, en route to Rock Creek. Mertie West hunches over a drinking fountain and takes a drink of water. Her head is down and she faces towards the left. A large rock sitting atop a concrete base serves as the fountain. It stands at center and Mertie stands behind and to the right of it. Rectangles of white have been painted on the sides of the rock. Josie Shaw stands to the right with her hands to her hips as she looks off towards the right. Behind her and Mertie, a house stands at right. Further back at left, a rundown, warehouse-like structure stands. A tree stands in the foreground at left. The trunk is painted white and plumbing fixtures hang down the side of it.
Photograph, from front to back, of Josie Shaw and Mertie West sitting and reading at their campsite near Rock Creek. Mertie West sits in the near distance inside one of the group's tents. The tent stands left-of-center with the front flap open. Mertie sits inside the tent at right. She sits facing left and looks down to the newspaper on her lap. In the foreground, Josie Shaw sits outside and in front of the tent, right-of-center. She sits atop a large rock, facing left. She too looks down to read a magazine. Josie sits among rocks that surround the tent in the foreground and along its side on the right. A folding chair sits outside the tent to the left and behind Josie Shaw. A pine stands along the left edge of the frame in the foreground. Trees line the background.
An askew photograph of Mertie West and H. H. West standing next to the tablet at the base of a flagpole on the Nevada side of the Boulder (now Hoover) Dam. The tablet stands slightly off-center towards the right. Mertie West stands to the left of the inscription with one hand behind her back. H. H. West stands to the right of the inscription with one hand in his pocket and the other holding a coat. The inscription reads, "It is fitting that the flag of our country should fly here in honor of those men who, inspired by a vision of lonely lands made fruitful, conceived this great work and of those others whose genius and labor made that vision a reality."
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.
Distant photograph, from left to right, of Mertie West and Rex V. Wilson standing on the side of the road near the Snake River in Thousand Springs, Idaho. They are stopped along the side of U.S. Route 30. The road stretches from the lower left corner and back into the image, before curving out-of-frame at left. In the distance, Mertie West and Rex V. Wilson stand on the shoulder to the right of the road and face towards camera. H. H. West's Buick is parked off the road to the left of Mertie; it is viewed from the back. In front and to the right of them, a road sign is posted. It reads, "IDAHO U.S. 30." Grasses and brush occupy the right side of the foreground. It follows the same arc of the road to the left as it stretches towards the horizon. Beyond the grasses, the Snake River flows in the distance. It enters frame at right and follows the arc of the road as it exits frame at left. Canyon walls line the opposite bank and water flows down the side of a wall in the far distance, right-of-center.
Photograph of Mertie West walking away from the Shawcreek Lodge. Mertie West stands in the foreground, left-of-center. She faces towards the camera and looks to the left as she walks away from the lodge behind her. A person's arm enters the foreground along the left frame. Behind Mertie, a dirt pathway stretches through the middle of the image. It leads towards the front entrance of the lodge. Wood plank walkways lie on the ground in front of the entrance. Three men and a dog stand out front. The front entrance of the lodge stands at center. The enclosed entrance juts forward from the front of the building. Over the door, a sign reads, "SHAWCREEK BUS STOP." The building extends behind Mertie and across the image. It extends out-of-frame at left and right.
H. H. West Jr. poses with his step-mother, Mertie West, while wearing his Boy Scouts uniform. West has an arm over Mrs. West's shoulders. He wears tall socks, a sash, and kerchief. Mrs. West wears a hat and a skirt. There are houses and trees behind them.
Photograph, from front to back, of H. H. West, Jr. and Mertie West as she places a block of snow atop H. H. West, Jr.'s head. He sits/leans on a built up mound of snow and sticks his tongue out to camera. Mertie stands behind him and tries to balance a block of snow on his head. The front porch of rustic-style dwelling stands at right.
Mertie Whitaker, Mrs. Rucher, Ellen Lorene (Pinkie) Lemberger, and Rolla Rucher at the train station in Crafton. The railroad tracks an a pole are visible in the background. All four people wear hats, the women's are covered in flowers and ribbons. Mrs. West holds a flower, Mrs. Warder holds a purse.
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.
In the distance, H. H. West's Buick is parked along the left side of a snowy road. Mertie West, an unknown man, Frances (West) Wells, H. H. West, Jr., and a dog stand and sit around the front end of the car. Another car to the right drives away in the opposite direction.
On the right, Mertie West points to H. H. West's Buick as she sits on sled which is connected to the back end of the Buick by a rope. Neil Wells crouches down next to her on the right. The Buick is parked ahead of them on the left side of the photograph.