Per the negative sleeve caption, this photograph was taken in 1910, the same year that Chester Schmitz was born. He looks considerably older than that, maybe about 5 or 6, in this photograph. The other children also look older than what their age would be in 1910. It is more likely that this image was taken around 1915.
An out-of-focus photograph, from left to right, of Margaret Deming, Mertie West, Jane Deming and H. H. West, Jr. lounging on the sand in Hermosa Beach. Margaret and Mertie sit under the group's umbrella. A plaid blanket stretches on the sand in front of them. Margaret looks to camera and Mertie gazes off to the left. Jane sits behind and to the right of Mertie; she looks to camera. H. H. West, Jr. reclines in a lounging position at right and looks to camera. Behind them, other beach goers and their umbrellas dot the beach. Businesses can be seen on the Strand in the distance. In the distance, the Sand and Surf Club/Biltmore Hotel (partial view) stands at far left.
A blurry photograph, from left to right, of Mertie West and Margaret Deming sitting on their blanket on the sand in Hermosa Beach. Margaret sits forward of Mertie and reclines back on outstretched arms. Mertie sits behind her to the left on the blanket with her legs outstretched behind Margaret. Both look to camera. Behind them and to the left, several umbrellas stand pitched in the sand. To the right, beach visitors stand on the Strand in front of Zucca's.
A blurry photograph, from left to right, of Margaret Deming, Mertie West, Jane Deming and H. H. West, Jr. sitting on the beach and posing for a photograph at Hermosa Beach. Margaret and Mertie sit at left on a plaid beach blanket and under an umbrella. Jane and H. H., Jr. sit on a white blanket at right and H. H., Jr. sits slightly in front of Jane. All smile to the camera. The Strand, other beachgoers and their umbrellas are all visible in the background.