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1906: San Francisco in ruins
1906: San Francisco in ruins

1906: San Francisco in ruins

Regular price £100

1906: San Francisco in ruins from Lawrence Captive Airship 2000 feet [660 m] above San Francisco Bay overlooking waterfront. Sunset over Golden Gate.

(George R. Lawrence / Library of Congress)

At a quarter past five on the morning of Wednesday April 18th, 1906, San Francisco was hit by a massive earthquake. By the end of the week, the city was in ruins.  Four fifths of San Francisco was gone, destroyed by not only the earthquake but also by the devastating fires that followed in its wake. 3,000 lives were lost, and more than 200,000 people - from a total population of 410,000 - were without homes.

This picture was taken by George R. Lawrence using a kite flying at 2000 feet (600 m). Lawrence, whose Chicago studio used the strapline "The hitherto impossible in photography is our specialty", sold prints of the image at $125 each. He generated at least $15,000 in sales.



  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces

  • Supplied with Paper Time Machine certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance

  • Hand printed in the UK, global shipping available

  • Dimensions: 50 x 25cm including border for easy framing

  • Presented on premium Fuji photographic paper

  • C-type Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour