Joseph M. F. Haase Collection.

Negatives: 90:18138/0-881.
Photographic prints: OP 15435/0-50 and OP 15481/1-7.

1918-1956, bulk 1920s-1930s.

706 negatives: nitrate and safety film; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
135 negatives: glass; 4 x 5 in.
58 photographic prints: gelatin silver; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.

Joseph Malta Fredrick Hasse.

San Diego History Center
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138

Transfer from San Diego Aerospace Museum, 1990 (Accession No. 777-D).

Restricted access to glass and nitrate negatives, except by permission of curator; parts of collection unprocessed and not available.

For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives at the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: Joseph M. F. Haase Collection, San Diego History Center, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.

Forms part of San Diego History Center Negative Collection. More than 500 modern photographic prints from original negatives mounted in various Print Reference books (list available). Also available, copy negatives of most glass and nitrate negatives. Related materials: Joseph M. F. Haase photographs of military aircraft in San Diego Aerospace Museum Library and Archives.

Organization: (cabinet) glass negatives; (boxes 1-2) film negatives, 4 x 5 in.; (box 3) film negatives, 5 x 7 in., and photographic prints; (box 4) film negatives, 8 x 10 in. Arranged by local control number.

Born in San Francisco (1893?), Joseph Malta Fredrick Haase joined the Navy in 1911 and was chief photographer at North Island Naval Air Station for much of his career in the 1920s and 1930s. He started working as a racetrack photographer at Agua Caliente (Mexico) in 1934 and then became official photographer for the Del Mar Turf Club when it opened in 1937. Credited with originating photograph labs at horse racetracks, Haase also worked at Bay Meadows, Tanforan, and other California racetracks. He and his wife Mary had a daughter June. They lived in Coronado from around 1915 until his death in 1959.

Photographs from the personal life and career of U.S. Navy, Del Mar Turf Club, and Coronado commercial photographer Joseph M. F. Haase. The collection consists of many low altitude aerial views of Coronado and North Island, including Tent City, Hotel del Coronado, and the Naval Air Station; Point Loma, San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego; Balboa Park, Mission Beach, La Jolla, and elsewhere. It also contains publicity photographs of Hollywood film stars and celebrities at Del Mar Racetrack, including George Raft, gossip columnist Louella Parsons, Clark Gable and Buster Crabbe, Gary Cooper and Tom Mix, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oliver Hardy, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and Del Mar Turf Club co-founders Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, and William Quigley. Other subjects include Coronado Yacht Club, high school, fire department, library, and businesses; Tijuana and Agua Caliente resort; Old Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego State College, and various San Diego buildings; sportfishing, ferryboats, and shipwrecks; Navy personnel, rescue and fire drills, airplanes (mostly seaplanes), and airplane crashes; aviator Roscoe Turner and his airplane “The Gilmore Lion”; and San Diego’s reception honoring Charles Lindbergh.

Haase family.
Crosby, Bing.
Lindbergh, Charles.
Turner, Roscoe.
Del Mar Turf Club.
United States. Navy.
Racetracks (Horse racing) – California – Del Mar.
Coronado (Calif.)
Naval Air Station, North Island (Calif.)

Aerial views of Coronado showing Tent City, Glorietta Bay, Coronado High School, Hotel del Coronado, and North Island Naval Air Station; San Diego Bay, harbor, and downtown; Santa Fe Station, U. S. Grant Hotel, Balboa Park, the Naval Hospital, and Balboa Stadium; Western Salt Works; Theosophical Society in Point Loma; La Jolla, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach.

U.S.-Mexico border crossing and Tijuana’s “famous” Monte Carlo and Sunset Inn; a beached whale near Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Yacht Club, and Coronado streets; La Jolla Cove, San Diego Mission, and Ramona’s main street.

North Island Naval Air Station (ca. 1918-ca. 1930), including Navy personnel, rescue and fire drills, airplanes (mostly seaplanes), and airplane crashes.

Debris from wreck of gambling ship Monte Carlo on Coronado beach; “Colonel” Roscoe Turner and his airplane “The Gilmore Lion” on the beach near Hotel del Coronado; Cuyamaca Lake; San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company boats and terminal.

Joseph M. F. Haase’s Graflex camera; Coronado parades; San Diego Marlin Club members and sportfishing boats; Coronado High School construction (1922) and group portrait of Coronado High School teachers (1934); Spreckels 8th annual golf tournament; Navy officer posing with carrier pigeons; Red Cross lifesaving classes; Coronado Yacht Club; and Tent City scenes, including a fire near the dance pavilion.

Coronado High School football games and other sports activities; Coronado businesses, parades, fire department, library, street scenes, and Hotel del Coronado; automobiles; views of Tijuana and Agua Caliente racetrack; Mrs. A. B. Spreckels at Del Mar with Spreckels Handicap winning jockey and owner; and Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town.

Aerial views of Chula Vista, La Jolla, Agua Caliente resort, Mount Helix, Chollas Heights Navy radio station, Balboa Park, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Coronado, North Island, various military bases, Balboa Stadium, Serra Museum, downtown San Diego, and the harbor. Also, general views of Cabrillo Bridge, California Tower, and other Balboa Park buildings (1923); Tent City, Coronado Yacht Club, and fire department.

North Island Naval Air Station; Coronado street scene and automobile accident; Tijuana and Agua Caliente resort hotel; Coronado High School and San Diego State College; Old Point Loma Lighthouse; Torrey Pines Lodge; Coronado Library; and more aerial views of San Diego, Coronado, and North Island.

Joseph M. F. Haase, his family, and home, including images used for Christmas cards; North Island; and photographs related to Charles Lindbergh’s San Diego reception in September 1927, showing Lindbergh with Will Rogers and San Diego Mayor Harry C. Clark and the Spirit of St. Louis.

Ritz Hotel on Park, Union Building on Broadway, San Diego Hotel, and Spreckels Building; aerial views of North Island, Coronado, Tent City, Point Loma, downtown San Diego, and the harbor.

John D. Spreckels’ yacht Venitia; Coronado Lodge No. 441, Coronado Dry Goods Company, and Tent City, including “Moonshine Inn” and the dance pavilion; low-altitude aerial views of the County Court House, Hotel del Coronado, Spreckels’ estate, Star Park, Coronado business and residential areas, and Glorietta Bay.

Joseph M. F. Haase and family members; shipwrecked steam freighter Ohioan off Point Lobos ; images related to Del Mar Racetrack, including co-founder Bing Crosby, jockey Johnny Longden, and soldiers from Camp Hann attending the races.

Hollywood film stars and celebrities at Del Mar Racetrack. Chiefly Del Mar Turf Club co-founders Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, and William Quigley. Also pictured: George Raft, gossip columnist Louella Parsons, Clark Gable and Buster Crabbe, Gary Cooper and Tom Mix, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oliver Hardy, and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

Photographic Print(s)
OP 15435/0-50
Chiefly aerial views: Coronado, North Island, Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, and San Diego. Also, ceremony for laying of cornerstone at Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School; portraits of Joseph M. F. Hasse in flight jacket; and group portrait of Hasse and fellow Masons.

OP 15481/1-7
Series of group portraits of female jockeys; Harry James and Betty Grable with horse and jockey in winner’s circle at Del Mar, 1956; and “Colonel” Roscoe Turner and his airplane “The Gilmore Lion” on the beach near Hotel del Coronado.