This post presents 8 photos from 6 books and magazines. These date from before the internet and before the captive and free-living California condor populations increased. So they are from a time when such photos were how all but a few people “experienced” condors.
The photos also date from before color photos were the norm. Among them are some showing condor habitat.
As always, click on the images to view a larger version (this will make it possible to read the captions scanned with some of the photos).
Photographer: Robert D. Carson. Source: Cornish, Charles J, editor. 1909. The standard library of natural history. University Society.
Photographer: Uncredited. Source: Scott, Carroll Dewilton. 1936. Who killed the condors? Nature Magazine. December.
Photographer: W. C. Dillinger. Source: Mallette, Robert D, and John C Borneman. 1966. First cooperative survey of the California condor. California Fish and Game. July.
Photographer: Arnold Small. Source: Small, Arnold. 1974. The birds of California. Winchester.
Photographer: Ed N. Harrison. Source: Harrison, Hal H. 1979. A field guide to western birds’ nests. Houghton Mifflin.
Photographer: “Condor Research Centre”. Source: Martin, Brian P. 1987. World birds. Guinness.
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