A series of 14 images of unknown camera make or photographer taken a few weeks after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
This images are the original set of 5×7 inch prints I made from the original 1906 negatives. These are contact prints, Not enlargements.
I was Photo Editor for a newspaper publisher and this old woman came in one day asking to see me.
When I came over, she explained she had been told to see me about the possibility of having prints made from some old negatives.
I told her, I would look at them, no problem and yes I as pretty sure I could help her.
She then pulled out an envelope and and handed it to me.
I pulled one negative out, saw the strange size and asked if I could have a copy of the prints to chase to negative size and find out what camera was used.
She agreed, and I was starting to look at images in the negatives and realized that they were 1906 S.F. earthquake negatives.
She explained a member of the family took them and gave to negatives to her many years ago. The woman was in her 70’s, and this was 1995-96.
While I never did chase on the camera design, I have decided to sell the photos. These are original wet darkroom process black/white prints, most likely the box is the kind of paper used, Polycontrast III RC
I have no one to pass them to of family blood. I can use the income.
Bidding will start at $84,000 for the set of 14 original images. I will be putting them on Ebay in the very near future.
As you can see there are landmarks of San Francisco in these photo.
I will retain a set of digital images for my historical records.