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Exhibit 11


Also see: 1917 Frank Palmer Collection (report)


1917, "High School Gets Valuable Gifts", Redondo Reflex, February 02, 1917, Redondo Beach Main Public Library

[ Transcribed ]


High School Gets Valuable Gifts - Local Institution Is Added To By Local People with Valuable Collections

Through the public spirit of Dr. F. M. Palmer, the Redondo Union High School now possesses one of the finest collections of Indian relics in southern California. The Palmer collection consists of rare tablets of Indian hieroglyphics, tools, implements, spear heads, knives, arrowheads, beads, bowls, mortars, pipes, axes, carved dogs, whales, fish hooks and hundred of other relics too numerous to mention. One stone knife is still cemented to the wooden handle by a bit of asphaltum. It is in the *[ same condition as when it was care- ] fully laid aside by an Indian housewife. Only one other similar specimen is known to exist and that is in the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D. C.

The real significance of the gift to the high school lies in the fact that the entire collection with one or two exceptions has been found within the city limits of Redondo Beach. It is difficult to place money value upon such a collection. Those who have attempted to do so have named a sum requiring four figures to express.

Suitable cases are being constructed to properly display the collection which will be located in the corridor on the second floor of the Science Building.

Lectures by Dr. Palmer upon the Indians of this section soon will be in order.








* We now have a more complete transcription of the original newspaper article text describing the Palmer 1917 Collection gift to Redondo Union High School.

Met with Karen Ford Cull at the Redondo Beach Main Public Library. She wanted to take a closer look at the missing line of text. By her skillful use of the microfilm viewing software, she brought back and was first to identify three words on the right side of the line "when it was" (see images below). Then, librarian Douglas Thompson happen to walk by to see how we were doing, and he casually suggested that the word on the right is "care-" as in carefully.

As others have suggested, it's very likely text about the condition of the knife and indeed it could be the top of the letters of the word "condition" there on the middle-left side of the line.

So, here's how I think the piece reads:
_____
by a bit of asphaltum. It is in the
[same condition as when it was care-]
fully laid aside by an Indian house-
_____

What do you think?



My mark-up, adding some missing text, trying to match the font type, size and spacing: