Lot 384 of 395:
Aerial record of the SF Bay Bridge construction 1930s  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,800
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Eighty-seven aerial photographs of the building of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, 1933-36

Sunderland, Clyde H.

Oakland, CA




87 original photographs, each approximately 7x9½" or the reverse. Mounted to the leaves of a period spiral-bound album, overall 18x12¾". Each photo dated by hand and with the ink stamp of Clyde Sunderland on the mount. To one of the leaves is affixed the folding business card of Sunderland Studios, Oakland.

A fabulous series of aerial photographs documenting the early phases of the construction of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, from launch from dry dock of the equipment used in the construction of the footing piers for the supporting towers to the stringing of the suspension cables on the western span of the bridge and the construction of the roadway on the eastern span. Clyde Sunderland (1900-1989) was a pioneering aerial photographer, operating out of his home base of Oakland, California beginning in the 1920’s. He was commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt to write a textbook on aerial photography and train naval photographers in 1939 and he taught at Pensacola until the end of the war. 

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Light wear to album; photos fine.

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