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Main Street Monday

Today we’re launching a new series on our blog: Main Street Monday. Each Monday we’ll post a photograph of a Main Street scene from a Northern California city or town. The photographs in this series will come from our Eastman Original Collection.

Jervie Henry Eastman (1880-1969) began his photographic career in 1898 in Sisson, California (later named Mount Shasta), as a view photographer. In 1921, Eastman moved to Susanville and established Eastman & Company as a commercial photography and post card studio. Eastman typically shot photographs in the geographic area that is north of I-80 and east of I-5. However, his work also took him to parts of Oregon and Nevada. The Eastman Originals Collection contains photographs, negatives, and postcards for a wide variety of Northern California locations and events, including dam construction, logging, mining, food processing, and community buildings and activities.

Our first image in the series, found below,  is an undated photograph of Main Street in Susanville. We welcome comments about the image including observations on the changes to the Main Street from this image to the present.
Main Street Susanville, Cal., undated

Main Street Susanville, Cal., undated


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Main Street Monday Photography Susanville