Gertrude Southworth
Bolinas Stage
10" wide

8” x 10”


Large format limited edition print available for $275.

c. 1900, C-print
27-5/8” x 13-1/4”
Edition of 10

This photo is of the Bolinas Stage circa 1915. In the late 1800s a road was established between Bolinas and San Rafael through Olema and Tocaloma. A horse-drawn stage served the area on a regular schedule. Horses gave way to a motorized stage with rows of seats by 1911. The ride must have been arduous as the dirt roads were dusty in summer and muddy in winter. But this Stanley Steamer, headed into Bolinas, was very modern and comfortable in its day! Here it is crossing the bridge over Pine Gulch Creek, near the Bolinas Stinson School.

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