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  • Antique Cabinet Card of Junipero Serra taken by F.G. Schumacher

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    This is an Antique Cabinet Card of Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan order who founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco.  Because of his recorded acts of piety combined with his missionary efforts, he was granted the posthumous title Apostle of California.  However, he is also known for his suppression of Native American cultures and for his part in the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico.  This photograph is of a 1787 illustration originally published in Relacion historica de la vida y apostolicas tareas del venerable padre Fray Junipero Serra by Francisco Palou.  It shows Junipero Serra in his friar's garment preaching to a crowd of Native peoples with a crucifix in one hand and a stone in the other.  At his feet are a snake in a chalice, a chain and a skull.  The sepia-toned photograph measures 5.25" high by 4" wide and is mounted on a 6.5" x 4.25" gold bordered pale pink backboard.  The photographer, F.G. Schumacher of Spring Street in Los Angeles, Cal. was described in an 1886 article in the Los Angeles Herald as "one of the best photographic artists on the coast."  He was a graduate of the famous San Francisco studio of Bradley & Rulogfson.  He established his Spring Street Studio in 1882 and was in business through 1904.  This Antique Cabinet Card of Junipero Serra taken by F.G. Schumacher is in better than good condition.  There is some edge wear, two dark spots below the Spanish text on front, and some areas of staining on back.