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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Burned Out: 1906

Burned Out: 1906

"The Flood Mansion, Nob Hill." After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, which was 108 years ago today. 8x10 dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

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One of only two buildings on Nob Hill to have survived the earthquake and fire of 1906. The other was the Fairmont Hotel.

 
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