San Francisco: Lawrence & Houseworth, Opticians, Importers of Stereoscopic Goods, Etc., Etc. 377 & 319 Montgomery Street, (1865). Ca 1865. Cf. Palmquist, p. 59. Square, separate images. 3-1/4" x 6-3/4". Yellow colored mount [square corners], with publisher imprint to right end; series name ["California"] to left; typeset printed label as scene caption affixed under right view. Photographer imprint to verso center. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Only very modest wear & soiling from handling. Very slight bow to card. Images clear & sharp, with the right slightly darker. Very Good. Item #49015
Donner Lake is a freshwater lake in NE California on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and about 20 miles NW of Lake Tahoe. The lake is located in the town of Truckee, and which may be viewed from the nearby Donner Pass. Both the lake and the pass were named after the ill-fated Donner Party, which wintered involuntarily, and tragically, near the lake in 1846, approximately 19-20 years before this image was taken.
Per Palmquist, LAWRENCE & HOUSEWORTH, p. 59, "Dating clues suggest that these views were produced during the period 1864 - March 1865." Per Mautz, "The firm produced many of the best of the early stereoviews of California..." [p. 145].
An uncommon early L & H California view, with no listings for same found on OCLC [at the time of cataloguing].