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October 26, 2007

Yankee Jim’s

23. [BIRD’S-EYE VIEW]. KUCHEL, [Charles Conrad] & [Emil] Dresel (artists) & [Joseph] Britton & [Jacques Joseph] Rey (lithographers). Yankee Jims’, Placer County, California. [above image] Kuchel & Dresels California Views [below image] Drawn from Nature and Lith. by Kuchel & Dresel, 176 Clay St. San Francisco | Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1857 by Kuchel & Dresel in the Clerks Office in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California | Printed by Britton & Rey.... N.p., n.d. [San Francisco, ca. 1857]. Lithograph on buff-toned ground, original applied white highlights. Image only: 20.3 x 36.8 cm. Image including title and caption above: 26 x 36.8 cm. Overall sheet size: 45.5 x 60.2 cm. Image and sheet darkened, margins irregularly trimmed (but generous), left blank margin water stained. Professionally conserved. Provenance: Henry M. Newhall (1825-1882), rancher and railroad promoter. See Hart, Companion to California.

            Reps #452 (the version with vignettes is Reps #451). Within Reps’ sequence of Yankee Jim’s views, Kuchel & Dresel’s prints are the only ones listed. Peters, California on Stone, p. 146. Watson, California in the Fifties, Plate 41. No Yankee Jim’s views are listed by Baird (California Pictorial Letter Sheets). No copyright notice in Greenwood’s California Imprints 1833-1862, Appendix A (Copyrights).

            Although the origin of the name Yankee Jim’s is uncertain, this town prospered shortly after the discovery of gold. Watson’s three stories of how the town got its name are worth the read. In 1852, however, the town mostly burned, and although it was rebuilt, it was bypassed by the railroad, leading to its decline. The remains of the town are just north of Forest Hill. The 1861 directory for Placer County shows that almost all residents of the place were miners. ($5,000-10,000)

Sold. Hammer: $5,000.00; Price Realized: $5,875.00

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