Picture postcard, "San Diego Mission Palm, Serra Monument in background, Old Town, San Diego, Cal."

Description (Brief)
This postcard view of the San Diego Mission Palm and the Serra Monument was printed in about 1915 by the H. L. Christiance company in San Diego, Calif. using photomechanical processes.
H. L. Christiance was an expert photographer working for the Edward H. Mitchell Company in San Francisco before publishing his own postcards in San Diego.
The postcard image shows one of the four palm trees planted around the time of the founding of the mission in 1769. Two of the four were displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1892 as part of the Horticulture Gardens exhibit.
Mission San Diego de Alcalá, situated in what is now called Mission Valley, was the first mission founded by Fr. Junípero Serra in 1769. It was the the first of twenty-one Spanish Franciscan missions built in California between 1769 and 1823, and was founded to convert American Indians of the Kumeyaay tribe to Catholicism.
Today the mission buildings include a parish church.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
date made
ca 1915
graphic artist
H. L. Christiance Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
place made
United States: California, San Diego
associated place
United States: California
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
California Mission Postcards
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
California Mission Postcards
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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