PACKING FANCY RAISINS - J B INDERRIEDEN CO. FRESNO 1910
A 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 glass negative by Howard Clinton Tibbitts titled PACKING FANCY RAISINS - J B INDERRIEDEN CO. FRESNO 1910 was taken in 1910 at the J. B. Inderrieden Company packing house in Fresno, California. The worker in fancy dress, her hair fashioned in decorative style, is carefully packing raisons of an enormous size in small bunches tied by narrow ribbons and placed in wooden trays. The interior of the wooden "gift" trays are lined with a fancy paper with embossed and die-cut edges that mimic the lace cuffs and collar of the woman's blouse, both reflecting an era of Edwardian sentiment. Wooden crates filling the entire background are marked with the company logo and words "36 CARTONS, Nonpareil Brand Seeded Raisons, J.B. INDERRIEDEN CO., Fresno, Calif." having been burned into the wood box ends with a branding iron. Overall a wonderful and nostalgic view of a time when packaging was done by hand.
Howard Clinton Tibbitts (1863-1937) was a San Francisco based photographer who spent most of his career working for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He documented the American West, Canada, and Mexico to help promote passenger service. His work was shown in the railroad's Sunset Magazine starting in 1898. Tibbitts' photographs are in many major museums and collections; this negative comes from a long held private archive of his work purchased in the early 1970's.