Gustaf Edward Trinkkeller was born in Germany in 1872 and immigrated to the United States about 1890 where he began a successful
career in Los Angeles as a craftsman in decorative wrought ironwork. This collection of family papers, office records, and
photographs documents his artistry and his extensive client list. This included producing ironwork for publisher William Randolph
Hearst at his San Simeon estate where Trinkkeller collaborated with architect Julia Morgan; correspondence and photographs
within the collection document their work together. Other noteworthy clients were oil magnate Edward Doheny; comedian Will
Rogers; movie producer Cecil B. DeMille; and other well–to–do Southern Californians during the period 1896-1942, as reflected
in Trinkkeller's original account ledgers. Once established in the U.S., he went by the name Edward G. Trinkkeller. His heirs
donated his papers to Cal Poly in 2002.
Gustaf Edward Trinkkeller was born in Germany in 1872 and immigrated to the United States around the age of 18, after completing
an apprenticeship in ornamental ironwork. He established a thriving practice in Los Angeles as an artisan in decorative ironwork
for publisher William Randolph Hearst, oil magnate Edward Doheny, comedian Will Rogers, movie producer Cecil B. DeMille, and
other well-to-do Southern Californians.
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