The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Broken Heart: 1906

Broken Heart: 1906

"The heart of Chinatown, San Francisco." After the earthquake and fire of 1906. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

This says *something*...

... just not sure what. A clue?

[DELIGHT. Part of a stove or heater? - Dave]

Fine China

Shattered brick, twisted steel, and in the middle of the pile an unbroken vase; wonder what it was made of.

[Seems to be an earthenware pot. - Dave]

Fragmentation

I don't think I ever seen a picture of so many loosened. fallen or fractured bricks in my life. One of my grandfather's sisters was living in SF then, and apparently survived. Her husband worked for Otis Elevator and I would guess that this tragedy created a lot of new business for them.

Look on the bright side

The price of used bricks just took a tumble!

Chinatown Lives

Racist city fathers tried to take advantage of the destruction to force the San Francisco Chinese to relocate to far-off corners of the city, or even out of the city. The Chinese community rebuilt as quickly as they could in their old neighborhood.

Double trouble

A lonesome figure walking with a purpose. It is hard to tell what was damaged by the quake or what was taken down by the fire. Of course the charred poles and timber are a dead giveaway.

Purposeful Stride

I see determination in the midst of the rubble.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.