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After the Earthquake: 1906
"Market Street toward ferry." San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. Thanks... Just ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 5:40pm -

After the Earthquake: 1906

Tumblr: 1906
... Square with Naval Monument and St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco." Aftermath of the April 18, 1906, earthquake and fire. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/24/2014 - 2:24pm -

Tumblr: 1906

The Naked City: 1906
... Montgomery streets, corner of Market." Another view of San Francisco after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 1906. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/25/2014 - 12:10pm -

The Naked City: 1906

There Goes the Neighborhood: 1906
... district, corner of Franklin and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco." Aftermath of the April 18, 1906, earthquake and fire. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/16/2014 - 12:54pm -

There Goes the Neighborhood: 1906

Clock-Stopper: 1906
"Ferry Building, San Francisco, 1906." Aftermath of the earthquake and fire. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. Shave and a Haircut 3.2 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 5:34pm -

Clock-Stopper: 1906

Metropolis in Ruins: 1906
"Panorama from roof of Ferry P.O., San Francisco." Aftermath of the April 1906 earthquake and fire. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size. Quake survivors Some relics ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/31/2013 - 12:46pm -

Metropolis in Ruins: 1906

Smoking Rubble: 1906
"Nob Hill from roof of Ferry Post Office." San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. Detroit Publishing glass negative. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 5:39pm -

Smoking Rubble: 1906

Bliss: 1901
... woman in her kimono looking at the devastation of the San Francisco earthquake. This was eliminated by the curator because of its "racist content". ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2011 - 3:59pm -

Bliss: 1901

City Hall: 1906
San Francisco, April 1906. "Tower of City Hall after earthquake and fire." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. Doubly Domed You can see ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 5:37pm -

City Hall: 1906

Forest Brook: 1956
... fire kind. No duck, no cover - and this just north of San Francisco, with its own battery of Nike missiles by the Golden Gate - in plain ... only time we had to put our practice to use was for a 1957 earthquake centered just south of SF but sharp enough in Larkspur to get us ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/14/2013 - 8:14am -

Forest Brook: 1956

San Francisco: 1959
... First Unitarian Church at 1187 Franklin Street in San Francisco. Built in 1889, it seems to have survived the 1906 earthquake and fire nicely. Anscochrome taken by my father in August 1959. ... 
 
Posted by Rute Boye - 08/13/2012 - 11:08am -

San Francisco: 1959

Frisco Alfresco: 1906
San Francisco, April 1906, after the earthquake and fire that leveled much of the city. "Cooking in the street." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size. Re: Radical, dude! ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 5:34pm -

Frisco Alfresco: 1906

Looking up California: 1906
San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. "Looking up California Street from ... the hill is the Fairmont Hotel, seen in yesterday's post. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size. Prelinger Archive Movies ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 5:33pm -

Looking up California: 1906

The Dawn of Botts Dots: 1969
... 1974 I was astounded. I was visiting my grandmother in San Francisco and we were driving late at night. On the highway I saw an amazing ... coming over the top of the Alto Hill when the Loma Prieta earthquake happened. I did not feel it because I was in my fourth VW bus, but ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 09/29/2011 - 7:16pm -

The Dawn of Botts Dots: 1969

Sutter Street: 1906
April 1906. San Francisco after the earthquake and fire. "Sutter Street up from Grant Avenue." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing. View full size. Fire escape. That's where I'll ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 5:37pm -

Sutter Street: 1906

Stop the Presses: 1906
San Francisco, 1906. "The Call newspaper building from Grant Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. The Call ablaze The Call building on fire after the earthquake. Seen here on Shorpy. +103 The Call Building survived the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 5:33pm -

Stop the Presses: 1906

Carnaval Cabrillo: 1913
... armored cruisers were built at the Union Iron Works in San Francisco (the 1906 completion was delayed by the earthquake) and stayed on the west coast most of their early life. On an ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2012 - 8:44pm -

Carnaval Cabrillo: 1913

Pennsylvania Avenue: 1902
... A while back Dave posted a video of a film taken in San Francisco right before the 1906 earthquake. It was filmed from the front of a trolley, just one near hit after ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2012 - 4:19pm -

Pennsylvania Avenue: 1902

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. Double trouble A ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/23/2011 - 2:10pm -

Broken Heart: 1906

Vacancy: 1906
1906. "Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, amid ruins of earthquake and fire." The hotel, near completion when disaster struck, opened the following year. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. And today The flagship ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 5:32pm -

Vacancy: 1906

Turk Street: 1906
San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 1906. "Turk Street, from the corner of Market and Mason." Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. First Impression Berlin: ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/23/2011 - 2:10pm -

Turk Street: 1906
 
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