Earthquake/Fire: Nob Hill Panorama

The images on this page look southeast or south toward downtown from the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art on Nob Hill (north side of Pine between Powell/Mason; see Britton & Rey 549 and Kropp 2093).

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This image is © 1902 by Goeggel & Weidner ("Panorama San Francisco, showing Call bldg.", Class H XXc #18448 6/02/1902). The caption of the photo at Library of Congress dates it to 1900. Along Market Street, from left to right: Crocker Building, Palace Hotel, Chronicle Building, Hearst Building, Call Building (at center). The spire halfway between the Call and the right edge is St. Patrick's Church (on Mission between 3rd and 4th). The small church with spire in the lower right corner is the Third Baptist Church on the east side of Powell at Ankeny Place (now Anson Place), between Sutter/Bush. Emanu-El Synagogue on Sutter is on the same city block, just above Third Baptist here. The Mutual Savings Bank building completed in 1902 at Market/Geary/Kearny would be just left of the Call (see cards below) but is not shown here.

Left: Goeggel & Weidner 29, embossed, postmarked SF 9/24/1904. Center: Weidner 13, credit front left, undivided back, postmarked 8/31/1908 ("Why on earth don't Momma write?"). Weidner Catalog shows six Weidner 13 variants: three without the added post-quake caption (Goeggel & Weidner, ca. 1903; Weidner with AutoChrom logo, postmarked 1905; and Weidner without AutoChrom logo) and two later variants (credit front, back unknown; Weidner 13: credit on back, divided back, postmarked 2/16/1909). Right: Britton & Rey 466 uses the same image with minor changes (no flag on Call, East Bay hills added).

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These 1905 cards show almost exactly the same view as above but with several added buildings. The images must date from between 1902 (Mutual Savings Bank completion) and early 1905 (postmark date). The Shreve building (NW corner Post/Grant), completed 1905, is not in these images. Left: Charlton, postmarked SF 2/23/1905. Next: Galloway 5, postmarked SF 8/29/1905. Right: Britton & Rey 466, postmarked SF 9/17/1905; same caption and stock number as earlier Britton & Rey above but a different image.

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Selige 3224 and 3223 (below) show the fire south of Market on 4/18/1906. The fire would consume all these buildings by the following day. Left: Selige 3224 is almost exactly the same view as Weidner 13 above. A Behrendt postcard folder includes a much better print of the panoramic photo used for this panorama. Center: Judge, postmarked 4/10/1907, probably the same image but differently cropped. Right: Weidner 209, postmarked SF 3/12/1907.

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These three cards all show the same image, panning right from the images above and looking south. Powell Street and Union Square are at the left edge, with the St. Francis Hotel at Powell/Geary and construction in progress on an addition just north of the hotel at Powell/Post. The tall spire to the right of the St. Francis is the First Congregational Church at Mason/Post. The mansard roof of The Oliver on the SE corner of Pine/Mason is at bottom right, with a half-dozen worried people on the roof watching the fire. Left: Selige 3223, panning right from Selige 3224 above. Center: Rieder-Cardinell 6932, postmarked LA 2/11/1907. Right: Zimmerman, postmarked 2/24/1908.

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Left: Behrendt 298, postmarked 9/25/1906, gives a bleak post-fire view. Next: Rieger, postmarked 2/10/1908, looks south toward the St. Francis. Next: Weidner 219, postmarked 8/22/1909. Right: Weidner 254 (postmarked 7/31/1908) shows rebuilding in progress a year after the fire.

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