Gertrude Southworth
Sayer’s Hotel
10" wide

8” x 10”


Large format limited edition copies available for $275.

c. 1900, C-print
27-5/8” x 13-1/4”
Edition of 20

Here is a perch catch at the gate of Sayer’s Hotel circa 1910. Perch were abundant in the Bolinas Lagoon and fishing for sport and dinner was a popular past time. These boys and men are at the gate of the Gibson House. The Sayers’ bought the house after Mr. Gibson died and Mrs. Sayers ran it as a hotel while her husband ran the livery stable. The Bolinas grocery store is in the background. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1908 after the earthquake. On this side of the grocery is Longley’s meat market. That structure eventually grew into Tarantino’s restaurant, then burned in 1973. Perhaps the ladies inside the gate are waiting for the fish to make into dinner at the hotel.

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