Auction Ebay: RARE 3.5 X 6 inch negative Contact Prints.

20160518 Ebay 1906 auction

VERY RARE IMAGES of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
3.5 x 6 inch negative, RARE SIZE. 14 images- set of Contact prints made to research negatives in 1990s

Vanderhoof Photography to release 1906 San Francisco Earthquake contact prints. These 14 images from one photographer who uses a 3.5 by 6 inch negative, where of such rare size to me when I was a Photo
Editor of 6 weekly newspapers that I asked permission to make copies of the negatives. As contact prints you see the negative as shot, stains, and other imperfections. You can also see the thin edge the frame holder had for the film. The contact print paper size is 5×7, there is no enlargement of an image in doing a contact print process.
An old woman had brought them to me in the 1990s, she was sent by someone who knew me.
She told of the photos being taken a couple of weeks after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake by a member of the family. Who passed them on to her before they died.
A brother or uncle I recall, the woman was in her 70s, or near about.
Not much more did I ask about the photographer or family.
I assumed an unknown photographer.
But with a scene of a camp above the city in ruins below, people walking the town and several landmarks in the set, it will make a nice addition to a collection.
It will be listed on Ebay on the 20th of May 2016. The winning bidder may come to Mexico to pick up the Contact Prints Up in person or have them shipped after transfer of funds is verified.

 

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