San Francisco postcards

This page displays 300dpi color scans of 96 vintage San Francisco postcards and postcard booklets from my collection. It first lists cards with known dates (from postmark or from content), chronologically, followed by cards with unknown dates grouped roughly by period. Unpostmarked cards are very hard to date.

The unused Seal Rocks card is the oldest in my collection, the only card dating from the Private Mailing Card era (ca. 1898-1901). The first five dated cards below predate the 4/18/1906 earthquake (12/01/1903 through 2/16/1906). Soon after the quake, poorly printed b+w earthquake-related postcards appeared, as seen in the next six post-quake 1906 cards. Several of those cards (5/12/1906, 5/26/1906, and 5/xx/1906) describe the sender's earthquake experience (see text transcription links below). By a year after the quake, better quality color postcards printed in Germany showing earthquake damage were available (like Behrendt 238, postmarked 4/10/1907), and earthquake-themed cards remained popular for years after 1906 (like Weidner 218, postmarked 1910). The postal service allowed divided back cards starting in March 1907 (see dating guide), so undivided back postcards usually date from 1907 or before.

My Weidner page contains information about San Francisco photographer Charles Weidner. After the earthquake, Weidner reprinted earlier postcards with added earthquake-related captions (No. 123) and printed new cards showing earthquake damage (No. 205). Images of many more Weidner postcards are here.

The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE below) was in 1915 and the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE below) was in 1939. The Jewel City page displays the cards in the 1915 Pacific Novelty Co. folding postcard booklet Jewel City, including a lovely PPIE panorama.

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Front Back Publisher Number Caption Postmark Text Comments
weidner_032.png weidner_032_b.png Weidner 32 Chinese Cobbler 12/01/1903 text Goeggel & Weidner; undivided back
britton_449.png britton_449_b.png Britton & Rey 449 Sunset in Golden Gate Park 4/07/1905 text undivided back
britton_472.png britton_472_b.png Britton & Rey 472 Panoramic View from Call 12/18/1905 text undivided back
weidner_002.png weidner_002_b.png Weidner 2 Sutro Heights 1/15/1906 text undivided back; dup
britton_731.png britton_731_b.png Britton & Rey 731 Diamond Palace none text glitter on front; written 2/16/1906 but not addressed/mailed; undivided back
unknown_03.png unknown_03_b.png [unknown] Ruined City from refugee camp 5/12/1906 text undivided back
rieder_u01.png rieder_u01_b.png Rieder-Cardinell Ruins from Van Ness east 5/26/1906 text undivided back; stamp missing
rieder_u02.png rieder_u02_b.png Rieder-Cardinell Valencia Street Hotel 5/27/1906 text undivided back
unknown_04.png unknown_04_b.png [unknown] View from St Mary's none text written ca. 5/1906 but not addressed/mailed; undivided back
unknown_02.png unknown_02_b.png [unknown] Howard and Eighteenth 6/01/1906 text undivided back
unknown_01.png unknown_01_b.png [unknown] Streetcar Tracks Torn none text undivided back; written/addressed (ca. 7/1906) but not mailed
weidner_135a.png weidner_135a_b.png Weidner 135 Rowing on Stow Lake 11/13/1906 text glitter on front; dup
weidner_036.png weidner_036_b.png Weidner 36 Golden Gate and Fort Point 1/31/1907 text undivided back; written in Kurrent
weidner_123a.png weidner_123a_b.png Weidner 123 City Hall Dome 2/04/1907 text undivided back; dup
weidner_086.png weidner_086_b.png Weidner 86 Ferry Building 3/10/1907 text undivided back; scratched
weidner_146.png weidner_146_b.png Weidner 146 Sky Scrapers 3/16/1907 text undivided back
rieder_213.png rieder_213_b.png Rieder-Cardinell 213 Bread line, St. Mary's 4/06/1907 undivided back; stamp missing
behrendt_238.png behrendt_238_b.png Behrendt 238 Valencia Hotel 4/10/1907 text undivided back; no stamp; dup
weidner_207.png weidner_207_b.png Weidner 207 Fleeing from the burning City 4/25/1907 undivided back
weidner_215.png weidner_215_b.png Weidner 215 Ruins of the Palace and Grand none text written 5/05/1907 but not addressed/mailed; undivided back
weidner_161.png weidner_161_b.png Weidner 161 California Street Hill 8/20/1907 text
weidner_160.png weidner_160_b.png Weidner 160 Waterfront from Tele. Hill 9/19/1907 text undivided back; stamp missing
mitchell_246.png mitchell_246_b.png Mitchell 246 Parapet at Sutro Heights 10/21/1907 text undivided back; back flipped 180 vs. front
weidner_132.png weidner_132_b.png Weidner 132 Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill 12/20/1907 text undivided back
weidner_128.png weidner_128_b.png Weidner 128 Looking Up Market Street 3/12/1908 text
weidner_134.png weidner_134_b.png Weidner 134 Conservatory GGP 6/06/1908 text undivided back
weidner_013a.png weidner_013a_b.png Weidner 13 Panorama 8/31/1908 text undivided back; dup
weidner_677.png weidner_677_b.png Weidner 677 Rustic bridge over Stow Lake 2/25/1909 text
weidner_663.png weidner_663_b.png Weidner 663 Superintentent's Lodge GGP 3/26/1909 text
american_93396.png american_93396_b.png American News 93396 Statue of Agassiz none text undivided back; written/addressed (ca. 7/1909) but not mailed
weidner_218.png weidner_218_b.png Weidner 218 Union Square 6/06/1910 text
ca_sales_328.png ca_sales_328_b.png California Sales 328 The Conservatory 1/11/1911 text b+w
mitchell_2085.png mitchell_2085_b.png Mitchell 2085 Tennis Court GGP 3/31/1911 text
weidner_001.png weidner_001_b.png Weidner 1 Cliff House 1/08/1912 text
britton_5001.png britton_5001_b.png Britton & Rey 5001 French Hospital 7/02/1913 text
pacific_jewel.png pacific_jewel_b.png Pacific Novelty 21 Jewel City 8/11/1915 text folding postcard booklet; PPIE; contents here
mitchell_385.png mitchell_385_b.png Mitchell 385 Mission High School 7/27/1916 text
pacific_u01.png pacific_u01_b.png Pacific Novelty Sing Fat Oriental Bazaar 2/18/1921 text
unknown_05.png unknown_05_b.png [unknown] 2 Seal Rocks unused private mailing card
behrendt_207.png behrendt_207_b.png Behrendt 207 From Van Ness Ave. looking E unused undivided back; missing corner
behrendt_238a.png behrendt_238a_b.png Behrendt 238 Valencia Hotel 12/22/yyyy text undivided back; no year on postmark; missing corner; dup
king.png king_b.png King Bros. Howard and 18th Streets unused undivided back
kropp_2227.png kropp_2227_b.png Kropp 2227 Ruins of Chinatown unused undivided back
ny_american.png ny_american_b.png NY Sun. American Ruins of Church of the Advent unused undivided back
sf_examiner.png sf_examiner_b.png SF Sun. Examiner Van Ness Ave. retail center unused undivided back
rieder_u03.png rieder_u03_b.png Rieder City Hall after earthquake unused undivided back
rieger.png rieger_b.png Rieger Hall of Justice unused undivided back
souvenir_4631.png souvenir_4631_b.png Souvenir 4631 City Hall unused undivided back
weidner_002a.png weidner_002a_b.png Weidner 2 Sutro Heights unused Goeggel & Weidner; undivided back; dup
weidner_039.png weidner_039_b.png Weidner 39 Seals on Seal Rock unused undivided back
weidner_090.png weidner_090_b.png Weidner 90 Picking Oranges unused Goeggel & Weidner; undivided back
weidner_116.png weidner_116_b.png Weidner 116 Union Square showing Monument unused undivided back
weidner_125.png weidner_125_b.png Weidner 125 Hall of Justice unused undivided back
weidner_130.png weidner_130_b.png Weidner 130 Concert Golden Gate Park unused undivided back
weidner_133.png weidner_133_b.png Weidner 133 Drive Way GGP none text undivided back; written but not addressed/mailed
weidner_135.png weidner_135_b.png Weidner 135 Rowing on Stow Lake unused undivided back; dup
weidner_137.png weidner_137_b.png Weidner 137 Donohue Fountain unused undivided back
weidner_204.png weidner_204_b.png Weidner 204 Street cracked by the earthquake unused undivided back
weidner_228.png weidner_228_b.png Weidner 228 Hall of Justice unused undivided back
cardinell_u01.png cardinell_u01_b.png Cardinell-Vincent Japanese Tea Garden unused b+w
cardinell_593.png cardinell_593_b.png Cardinell-Vincent 593 San Francisco From The Bay unused
cardinell_600.png cardinell_600_b.png Cardinell-Vincent 600 Mission Dolores unused b+w
cardinell_604.png cardinell_604_b.png Cardinell-Vincent 604 Stow Lake unused b+w
cardinell_613.png cardinell_613_b.png Cardinell-Vincent 613 Music Stand unused b+w
pacific_v314.png pacific_v314_b.png Pacific Novelty V314 Lawn Tennis at Golden Gate Park unused
pacific_341.png pacific_341_b.png Pacific Novelty 341 Seal Rocks from the Cliff House unused b+w
pacific2_70.png pacific2_70_b.png Pacific Stationery 70 Memorial Museum GGP unused
rieder_6986.png rieder_6986_b.png Rieder 6986 Ruins of Children's Building unused
rosin_886.png rosin_886_b.png Rosin 886 Street Scene after earthquake unused
souvenir_548.png souvenir_548_b.png Souvenir 548 Conservatory Golden Gate Park unused
unknown_06.png unknown_06_b.png [unknown] City Hall and Hall of Records unused b+w
weidner_003.png weidner_003_b.png Weidner 3 Music Stand GGP unused
weidner_013.png weidner_013_b.png Weidner 13 Panorama unused dup
weidner_035.png weidner_035_b.png Weidner 35 Five Idols in the Holy of Holies unused
weidner_119.png weidner_119_b.png Weidner 119 Memorial Church Stanford Univ. none text written but not addressed/mailed
weidner_123.png weidner_123_b.png Weidner 123 City Hall Dome none text written but not addressed/mailed; dup
weidner_202.png weidner_202_b.png Weidner 202 City Hall unused
weidner_205.png weidner_205_b.png Weidner 205 Houses wrecked by the earthquake unused
weidner_214.png weidner_214_b.png Weidner 214 Fire eating heart of the City unused
weidner_316.png weidner_316_b.png Weidner 316 The Foyer Hotel Fairmont unused
weidner_463.png weidner_463_b.png Weidner 463 Interior St. Mary's 9/26/yyyy text no number on card; no year on postmark
weidner_566.png weidner_566_b.png Weidner 566 Swinging Bridge Big Tree Grove unused
weidner_567.png weidner_567_b.png Weidner 567 The Big Tree 'Jumbo' unused
weidner_673.png weidner_673_b.png Weidner 673 St. Paulus Lutheran Church unused
weidner_634.png weidner_634_b.png Weidner 634 Fort Point unused
cardinell_5006.png cardinell_5006_b.png Cardinell-Vincent 5006 The Court of Palms unused PPIE
mitchell_4037.png mitchell_4037_b.png Mitchell 4037 Oregon State Building unused PPIE
weidner_ppie_06.png weidner_ppie_06_b.png Weidner 6 Fountain of Ceres unused PPIE
crocker_A18.png crocker_A18_b.png Crocker A18 Rich Lighting Effects unused GGIE
crocker_C04.png crocker_C04_b.png Crocker C-4 Treasure Island unused GGIE
crocker_C14.png crocker_C14_b.png Crocker C-14 Temple Compound unused GGIE
piltz.png piltz_b.png Piltz 177 Temple Compound unused GGIE
pac_nat_bank.png pac_nat_bank_b.png Pacific Nat. Bank Palace of Fine Arts unused b+w 7"x4" photo card
pacific_progress.png pacific_progress_b.png Pacific Novelty The City of Progress unused folding postcard booklet; contents not scanned yet
smith.png smith_b.png Smith News Where Occident and Orient Meet unused folding postcard booklet; contents not scanned yet
scenic.png scenic_b.png Scenic View San Francisco unused folding postcard booklet; contents not scanned yet