Lot 217 of 576:
Panoramic Photogravure of San Francisco After the 1906 Earthquake   

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$660
$300 - $500

Birds'-Eye View of Ruins of San Francisco from Captive Airship 600 feet above Folsom Between Fifth and Sixth Sts.

Lawrence, George R.


Geo. R. Lawrence Co.

[Originally May 5, 1906]


Panoramic photogravure of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, originally taken by George R. Lawrence. Image measures 28x69 cm ( 11x27½"), plus margins. With ornate gold frame, 45x80 cm  (17½x31" overall).

Terrific view showing a large section of the destruction and devastation caused by the famous earthquake and fire, which occurred during April 18 to 21, 1906. This photograph was first taken on May 5, 1906, only a few weeks after the event by George R. Lawrence (1869-1938). Lawrence, with the aid of his assistants, used a heavy kite he called his "Captive Airship" that held a panoramic swing lens camera, which took photographs with a field of view around 130°. Title and photographer's information lettered in the negative. "Smith Bros. 470-474 13th St. Oakland" stamped in margin beneath image.

Lot Amendments

Portions along the edges of the decorative frame are chipped and broken, some smudges on the plexiglass; photogravure has areas of discoloration and damp stains along edges; very good.

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