Gertrude Southworth
Bolinas Bay and Bolinas Ridge
10" wide

8” x 10”


Large format limited edition print available to order for $275.

Circa 1910, C-Print
29-1/4” x 16-7/8”
Edition of 25

A dramatic view of Bolinas Bay and Willow Camp (Stinson Beach). The photo is taken from above Brighton Beach. In the foreground are cypress trees planted by Nellie Waterhouse and the roof of her daughter Marin’s teahouse built in 1908. On the sandspit, Dipsea Inn can be seen. It was built when the hope for a train bringing visitors to the area seemed possible. The inn opened in 1904, and the still-famous Dipsea race was organized to end at the inn. It was torn down in 1918. The photograph is a fine example of Gertrude Southworth’s eye for composition.

From the late 1880s through the 1930s, Gertrude Southworth used her Kodak camera to capture images of the events and details of life that today present us with an invaluable window onto Bolinas history. She had a gifted eye for composition, light and shadow, and what brought out the magic in a photograph.

Little is known about the early life of Gertrude Rice-Coles Southworth except that she immigrated to the United states in the 1800s and was trained as a home nurse. She came to Bolinas with Dr. and Mrs. Southworth, serving as an assistant and nurse. Dr. Southworth was a dentist who was well liked in the community. Two years after Dr. Southworth’s wife died, he and Gertrude entered into a marriage that lasted 32 years. Gertrude died in 1946 at the age of 84. People remembered her fondly as a neighbor who reached out to everyone.

In the late 1990s Amy Edwards Jordan, a lively sharp minded woman in her nineties, came across a box of more then 500 Southworth negatives that had been preserved by her brother Parker Edwards. Amy and Parker had spent a lifetime coming to Bolinas for summers and weekends, and knew the Southworth family. Amy Edwards gifted the negatives to the Museum to be preserved for the community. Her images capture the changing times: the dress and styles, horse drawn carriages changing to car travel.

Small format, $20

Large format, $275