In the early decades of the 20th century, as travel to the missions increased and everyone became fascinated with the new medium of photography, there were scores of companies offering post cards of the California Missions. Many of the postcards were hand tinted in bright colors and the images were romanticized. These were mostly sold individually.
The Cardinell-Vincent Company of San Francisco developed starker, more authentic views of the old Spanish Missions, ferreting out simple, unadorned early images which it rendered in sepia tone. It offered these as a full set of 24 cards; all twenty-one missions plus the Royal Presidio Chapel in Monterey, the San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, Nuesta Senora de Los Angeles, and the original church of the pueblo (town) of Los Angeles.