This print is in generally excellent condition. Upon extremely close examination in raking light, a tiny, barely-perceptible impression, not breaking the emulsion, is visible in the center portion of the image.
Although Karen Haas's and Rebecca Senf's book, 'Ansel Adams in the Lane Collection,' publishes the most comprehensive list to date of the studio stamps and labels Adams used throughout his career, the Carmel studio stamp on the reverse of the present mount is not included. The stamp, similar to BMFA 11, but with the zip code '93923,' is dated with both the negative and printing dates (in this case, 'Aug. 1978') in an unidentified hand in ink.
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