Monterey history photo collection

California Views:
The Pat Hathaway Photo Collection

Pat Hathaway, Photo Archivist


Fort Ross by Zan
Remains of old Bastion built by the Russians in 1811, Fort Ross
Circa 1930
Zan No. 1841
5x7 Negative by Zan Stark
Photo Accession CV # 88-011-0004

River Inn Big Sur
Zan No. 1250

Alexander J. "Zan" Stark, Postcard photographer

Alexander J. "Zan" Stark (4/10/1889- 3/17/1967)
He was born in Michigan moving to California in his early 20's. He first lived in San Francisco working under the name Xan Stark, Alta Studios and moving to Mill Valley in the mid 1920's
Zan Stark was a postcard photographer from and had his studio at 324 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley in Marin Co., California. He worked from the 1920's into the early 1980's under the name Zan of Tamalpais.
He was the official photographer of the Redwood Empire Association from 1936.
Zan photographed the California coast from Monterey Co., Big Sur, the Redwood Highway and most of Northern California and also up in to Oregon.
He also photographed in San Francisco, Sonoma County, Napa Co., Santa Cruz Co., Del Norte Co., Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake and over into Nevada and Utah.
He moved to Sonoma around 1952 and died on March 17th, 1967 in a Sonoma rest-home.

Holdings: over 875 postcards by Zan Stark and is an on going collection.
And over 8,300 Postcards and of that over 5,000 are realphoto postcards.
A view by Zan of Ocean Avenue in Carmel, Calif. Zan Gallery

California North Coast, Sonoma , Mendocino , Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
Northern California , Sacramento, Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen, Stockton.

Early Northern California and Southern California Photographers
and Monterey area photographers that made postcards
A good book on Real Photo Postcard Guide : The People's Photography
By Robert Bogdan and Todd Weseloh Copyright©2006
We have over 34,678 historical California images listed in our database and can provide a computer generated list by subject, place, date, photographer and format or any combination of the above for a small fee.
Please click to see over 100 Searchable California Photo galleries with over 1600 photos, Prints are available from 11 x14 - 40x60 inches.
All images are also available for editorial downloads and one-time editorial use.
Please keep checking back as we will be adding more galleries
Go to 19Th Century California photographers
Eadweard Muybridge, Gold Mining, Circa 1876
C. E. Watkins Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, Circa 1882
Hayward & Muzzall's, Santa Barbara Mission, 1875
Thomas Houseworth & Co. Mission San Juan Bautista, Circa 1865
I. W. Taber, Farallone Lighthouse, Pacific Ocean
C.W.J. Johnson , Pacific Grove Retreat gate, Circa 1880
Charles Kirkham Tuttle, Pacific Grove
Go to list of our holdings by place
California Views Photo Archives
Go to 20Th Century California photographers
E. K. Barker, early Monterey photographer
Edward H. Mitchell Postcard Publisher, San Francisco
Leopold Hugo, California Pictorialist
R. J. Arnold, early Monterey photographer
A. C. Heidrick , panoramic photos
Charles Z. Bailey, postcard photographer
J. P. Graham , as Hotel del Monte photographer in 1924
Go to Hotel Del Monte, Monterey photo by C.W.J. Johnson
A list of books, magazines and television programs that have used photos from the photo collection.
This page was last updated on July 1, 2017
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