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

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

Usage conditions apply
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
Other Terms
postcard; Halftone
date made
ca 1915
graphic artist
H. L. Christiance Company
place made
United States: California, San Diego
associated place
United States: California
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Cultures & Communities
California Mission Postcards
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object