“A tall, thin man … friendly but quiet … artistic with a camera … and he loved flowers.”
—Description of Taylor by William T. Elliott (1911-2002), San Diego area photographic
In 1878, Harold A. Taylor was born in Croydon, a growing town in south London. In
1896, he left England and settled in Bakersfield, California.
From 1902-1907, Taylor photographed Yosemite, operating out of his Studio of Three
Arrows in Yosemite Valley. Later, living in Southern California, he photographed
many of the historical Spanish Missions built in the late 1700s.
In 1912, Taylor moved to Coronado, where he lived, worked in photography, and established
the Coronado Floral Association with his wife Maud. When he started retiring, Harold
and Maud moved to El Cajon where they cultivated a half-acre Victorian flower garden
on their dear little hill, their “Lomita Querida.” He died in 1960 at the age of