Picked up two original stereoview cards of the 1906 quake from Ebay. One by the H.C. White Co. showing the view up Market Street from the top of the Ferry Bldg. The other one is from the Keystone View Co. showing refugees camping at Fort Mason.These are original photographic prints mounted on cardboard. Stereoview photographs are taken by a camera with two lenses, which takes two separate photos about 2.5" apart, which is approximately the distance between our eyes. The photos appear identical , but in fact are both slightly different. When viewed with a stereoviewer, the two views assimilate into one, and the brain percieves the image in 3D. Stereographs were very popular at the turn of the century. 3 1/2" x 7" sepia silver gelatin.
Great Ebay find. Cabinet card (4.5" x 7") from the JB Monaco studio in San Francisco. Monaco was the dean of North Beach photographers at the turn of the century and is famous for his photos of the 1906 earthquake and fire. He moved his original studio on Market Street to North Beach in 1902. The original building was destroyed in the earthquake and fire in 1906 and was rebuilt and finished in 1908 (it's still standing today). He stayed at this address, 205 Montgomery Ave, until 1923 when he moved to another building across the street. The photo of the building below shows the location c.1908. In 1909 the name of Montgomery Ave was changed to Columbus Ave, so this portrait was taken between 1902 and 1909.
© Joseph Greco