The cabinet card of Mrs. Soo Hoo Mon Sing, Christmas, 1908, appears to have been top-of-the-line, with the unusual satin, finely-ribbed card stock. She may have been born in Canton, China, about 1861 and lived to about 1924 in Los Angeles. She bore ten children. She may have claimed U.S. citizenship (the vital records were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906) because the 1930 census record for her daughter Carrie listed the mother as California-born. The photographer, Michael A. Wesner, operated a studio at 120 North Spring Street between 1893 and 1909. The photograph is from the collection of George and Eliza Upham, who resided in Los Angeles and likely befriended Chinese families by way of their community church.
– Betty L. Uyeda, Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County