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Pasadena, California Rose Parade c. 1892
What we know today as the Tournament of Roses Parade in California began in 1890 as the "Floral Festival", organized by the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club. In 1895 the Tournament of Roses Association took over sponsorship of the parade. This is group of five (5) original unmounted albumen photographs which we date c. 1892. Each image is approximately 4-1/4x7-1/4"; they are apparently part of a larger series, since negative numbers ranging from 14 to 33 appear in the lower left corner of the images. None of the images are identified as to the photographer. Each image shows a floral-decorated horse-drawn float; the second image (without any horses visible), has a 1-1/4" tear in the top center, which does not affect the overall quality. The building in this image is identified as the "Rush House," an apparently rooming hotel. In the third image (which shows a number of flags flying), the words "Floral Festival" can be read on the flag in the center. No other signage or identifiable buildings appear in the images. All of the images have the brown-toned quality of albumen prints of this era; all are crisp and clear, and are among the earliest to document the beginnings of this now-famous parade tradition.