Devastation of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

  • March 20, 2015
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What a horrific scene showing San Francisco after the terrible 1906 earthquake, which killed about 3,000 people and destroyed 80% of the city. The top photo is a panorama of the city and the bottom is a view of The Call newspaper building as seen from Grant Avenue.

“Earthquake panorama.” San Francisco after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. Landmarks include the domed, burned-out shell of the Call newspaper tower at left, and City Hall at right. Still standing and open for business: Cold Day Lunch and Oyster House, along with “New Franks” and “Original Coppa.” 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana, purchased and scanned by Shorpy.

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San Francisco, 1906. “The Call newspaper building from Grant Avenue.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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