Big Alma, San Francisco's Alma Spreckels, a Biography, by Bernice Scharlarch

Big Alma, San Francisco's Alma Spreckels, a Biography, by Bernice Scharlarch
Big Alma, San Francisco's Alma Spreckels, a Biography, by Bernice Scharlarch
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Used. Scottwall Associates, San Francisco, 1990. Hardcover with dust jacket. Book condition:Very Good, intact dust cover with some scratches.

By Bernice Scharlach

Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, the lady who towers over Union Square atop the monument to Victory, was a figure as colorful as the city she symbolizes. Born in 1881, she grew up at a time when San Francisco was still a bawdy, rollicking town where horses lay unburied in the streets and where grand pianos were in great demand. Alma reflected both the crudeness and the aspirations of the city. From humble beginnings, with no more than a grammar-school education, she used her beauty and her tremendous determination to become San Francisco's queen of culture.

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