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1933. (photo) Keeper John Kunder, Farallon Island Light Station c.1929.

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1933. (photo) Keeper John Kunder, Farallon Island Light Station c.1929.

1933. (photo) Keeper John Kunder, Farallon Island Light Station c.1929. Close clear press photo shows Principal Keeper John Kunder taking a smoke at the tramway an the light station. According to lighthousefriends.com: “John Kunder served two stints as head keeper on the Farallons, and there were times when he didn’t leave the island for four years straight! With no churches, stores, telephones, or electric lights, the isolated community was living in a different era than those on the mainland. This changed when a radio receiver was installed at the naval radio station. “It is our godsend, our light,” said Keeper Kunder in 1929, referring to the radio. Prior to the radio, opening mail every week or so was a highly anticipated event.” Keeper Kinder served two periods at Farallon Island, one from 1914-1920, and the second from about 1924 until at least 1930. Photo measures 8” x 10 and is clear and clean. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated August 17, 1929. Some white re-touching of image around his head. (VG+). $58