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Von Blon (John L.) Photograph Collection

 Collection — Box: 990.0
Identifier: AR-2022-001
Mojave Desert by John L. Von Blon
Mojave Desert by John L. Von Blon
Sierra Nevada by John L. Von Blon
Sierra Nevada by John L. Von Blon

Content Description

Three hundred thirty four (334) scenic black and white photographs, primarily of the Western United States, but includes some images of a Mexican railroad under construction, mining, and possibly Argentina. Three (3) typewritten manuscripts accompany Von Blon's photographs of Death Valley Junction (1922), a water lily garden in Bishop, California, and marble top picnic tables at Texas Springs Campground in Death Valley.


  • 1920 - 1940


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head Archivist of the Gledhill Library.

Biographical / Historical

John Litchfield Von Blon (1871-1957) was born in Ohio and later moved to California where he was city editor for the Los Angeles Times and publicity editor for the Automobile Club of Southern California's Touring Topics/Westways magazine from 1929-1934. Von Blon was also published in Scientific American. He and his wife Henriette spent time on the Van Dyke Ranch near Barstow in early 1950s and then retired to Santa Barbara's Riviera in 1954.


334 Photographic Prints

Language of Materials



The John L. Von Blon Photograph Collection contains photographs of western landscapes, automobiles, buildings, construction of a Mexican railroad, Santa Barbara, California, and portraits. The black and white photos were taken primarily by John L. Von Blon.


The John L. Von Blon Photograph Collection is arranged in six files:

1) People

2) Landscapes

3) Automobiles and Structures

4) Railroad Construction and Mining

5) Santa Barbara, 1922-1923

6) Postcards

Related Materials

Von Blon (Henriette B.) Collection, 1956-011, Gledhill Library, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, California.

Condition Description

Very good

Processing Information

The John L. Von Blon Photograph Collection was processed by Chris S. Ervin and Kerri Phillip in April 2022.

Guide to the John L. Von Blon Photograph Collection
Chris S. Ervin CA, Kerri Phillip
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Gledhill Library Repository

136 E. De La Guerra
Santa Barbara California 93101 USA