In 1878, HAROLD A. TAYLOR was born in Croydon, a growing town in south London. In 1896, he left England and settled in Bakersfield, California.
From 1902-1907, Taylor photographed Yosemite, operating out of his Studio of the Three Arrows in Yosemite Valley.
In 1912, Taylor moved to Coronado, where he lived, worked in photography, and established the Coronado Floral Association with his wife Maud. When he started retiring, Harold and Maud moved to El Cajon where they cultivated a half-acre Victorian flower garden on their dear little hill, “Lomita Querida.” He died in 1960 at the age of 81.
Taylor gave many of his glass plate negatives to his photographic business partner, William T. Elliott. William later gave the Yosemite and California Missions collections to his son Robert Elliott, who lived near Yosemite from 1971-2015. Robert has been working with his daughter Susan Entsminger and Pinyon Publishing to preserve and digitize these fragile glass plates and to share the beautiful images.