[San Francisco Earthquake and Fires]:

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[San Francisco. 1906]. Thirty-eight original photographic prints, each measuring 4 x 5 inches and each captioned in ink on the verso. Slight edgewear. Near fine. A collection of thirty-eight original, amateur photographic prints of scenes in San Francisco after the devastating earthquake and fires of April, 1906. These photographs, each of which are captioned and numbered on the verso, were found among the papers of Mrs. Dorothy E. Cahill (nee Lynch), who was only in her mid-teens in 1906. The photographs were apparently taken by her parents, and captioned by her mother. The photographs were taken within weeks of the earthquake and fires, and show devastated buildings, burned-out hulks, and scenes of utter devastation, reinforcing the fact that as terrible as the earthquake was, it was the subsequent fires that did the most damage. One image shows an office building on California Street, "the 'Wall Street' of the West," showing the remains of piles of "non-fire proof safes" in front of the burned-out building. Others show the remains of an apartment building at Hyde and Broadway, ruins on Van Ness Street, the site of the Mechanics' Pavilion, the shell of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and more. The final photograph, numerically, shows a relatively intact St. Mary's Cathedral, the note on the verso remarking that it "marks boundary of fire line." Earthquake damage is evident as well in the images of crumbling and askew buildings, including the Ferry Building, City Hall, the Dominican Church, the Bank of California, and a row of houses on Howard Street. One photograph shows bent streetcar rails near the waterfront, while another shows Mrs. Lynch standing on Market Street, four blocks from the Ferry Building, with the nearby curbstone at the level of her head, showing how much Market Street dropped during the earthquake. A number of the photographs show relief efforts in the weeks following the disaster, including (well-dressed) refugees in a bread line in Jefferson Park, a man in a suit walking down Market Street carrying a suitcase and knapsack, tents in a refugee camp in Golden Gate Park, refugees standing beside a pond in the park, a stand selling fruit and tents on Market Street, and two children standing beside a cauldron of boiling water. One images shows the "temporary home of the Emporium, America's greatest store" with horse-drawn carriages passing before it. An excellent group of photographs of San Francisco's great cataclysm. Bookseller Inventory #

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