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Ramona's Home, Century Plant in Bloom
Rancho Camulos

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Souvenir postcard of the south veranda at Rancho Camulos reads: "4371. Ramona's Home, Camulos Ranch, showing Century Plant in bloom, California."

There were at least two different publishers of this same postcard no later than 1915. Both used the same serial number on the divided back (A-33852) but different numbers preceding the title (here, 4371). This publisher, H.L. Christiance of San Diego, primarily issued postcards showing scenes of the San Diego area and Tijuana, suggesting that this card was sold by Ramona boosters in San Diego. Both locations — San Diego and Rancho Camulos — laid claim to different aspects of Helen Hunt Jackson's epic 1884 novel, "Ramona," (San Diego as the heroine's "marriage place"), but the rivalry, if it can be called that, wasn't mutually exclusive to the extent that scenes of Camulos, such as this one, were known to have been sold to tourists in San Diego.

Ramonaphiles who believe Jackson based her characters and settings on the Del Valle family of Rancho Camulos would say the upper porch shown here is where the story's Señor Felipe, ill of the fever, lay on the pallet of hide that Alessandro made for him, and that in the room at right, behind the barred window, Ramona had her little sanctuary where, when imprisoned and separated from Alessandro, she gave her soul to prayer.


LW2006: 9600 dpi jpeg from original postcard purchased 2018 by Leon Worden.
RANCHO CAMULOS POSTCARDS

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Private Mailing Card 1898-1901

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Home of Ramona x5

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Ramona's Bedroom

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Courtyard

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Spanish Fandango

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Upper Porch

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Mission Bells

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Altar

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Olive Mill

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Sheep Shearing

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Ramona's Garden

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Cemetery ~1915

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"Ramona at Camulos" (Not) ~1909

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