Donated by Charles Howard-Gibbon who received the materials in this collection from his grandfather. Alan Howard-Gibbon came to California in 1924 from Victoria, British Columbia. He was 37 years old. He settled in Oakland and was in the real estate business, where he became an associate of Fred Wood Real Estate firm. The photographs with their captions were a part of promotional presentations made by the firm in the 1920's regarding the many Oakland real estate developments accomplished by Fred T. Wood. In the early 1930's Alan became a regional real estate appraiser for the Federal Housing Authority and in 1950 became the Chief Appraiser. He lived in Oakland until his death in 1980, having resided at 521 Mandana from 1924 to 1941, and 2127 Las Aromas from 1941 to 1980. Fred Wood later became a prominent local politician and we have both real estate materials and political materials donated by his family in our collections. Caption below photograph reads:"Fred T. Wood Co. Subdivisions "Now." Highlands of Oakland "VIEW is a delight which all men crave. Rare indeed is the City that can offer its people an outlook upon changing wooded peaks, dancing waters, magic distances, far horizons. Heights that command a bit of country, however uninteresting, are quickly snapped and bring a King's ransom from the few who can afford them." John Kenneth Turner---Post Enquirer."
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