Sutro Heights: Parapet



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This image is © 1902 by Goeggel & Weidner ("Parapet at Sutro Heights", Class H XXc #18446 6/02/1902). Left: Goeggel & Weidner 2, with 'Copyright', AutoChrom bottom left, postmarked 10/02/1902. Next: Goeggel & Weidner 2, with 'Copyright', AutoChrom middle left, postmarked 12/14/1903. Next: Goeggel & Weidner 2; "Goeggel & Weidner, Publishers" credit front left (no 'Copyright'), AutoChrom logo, undivided back; ca. 1904-1905. Right: Weidner 2; "Charles Weidner, Photographer" (not "Publisher") credit front left, AutoChrom logo, undivided back, bottom caption shifted left and "California" added top right; postmarked SF 1/15/1906. Weidner Catalog shows five Weidner 2 variants (and there's probably a divided back variant too):



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In the first decade of the 20th century, the same image often appeared on postcards from different publishers, usually without credit. Each of these cards uses the Weidner 2 image with no Weidner credit. Left: Mitchell 248, postmarked SF 9/07/1904. Next: Penny Auditorium, same image in b+w, credit "Penny Auditorium, 769 Market" front left; postmarked SF 7/15/1905. Next: Charlton, b+w; another example postmarked SF 7/26/1905. Penny Auditorium and E.P. Charlton were local variety stores, so it's possible that these b+w variants were prepared for the stores by Weidner. Right: Behrendt 38; credit "Richard Behrendt, Publisher" front left, divided back; postmarked Napa 5/06/1908.

Charles Weidner was both a postcard publisher and a photographer, but most postcard publishers were not photographers (Behrendt: novelty store owner / importer; Britton & Rey: lithographers; Mitchell: businessman). Richard Behrendt published many cards with Weidner images (e.g., Golden Gate Park: Midwinter, City Hall, and Hotels: Palace Hotel), presumably under license from Weidner. Online sources suggest publishers played fast and loose with images during the decade, but I know of no concrete evidence for that, and most business records for postcard publishers are long gone. Later in the decade, Weidner certainly licensed images to other publishers, sometimes requiring a Weidner photo credit on the card. For example, Newman V187, Newman V195, Newman V198, Newman V201, and Newman V269 all credit "Photo only Copyrighted 1909 by Chas. Weidner" on the front.

Not shown: Art Litho 246 (color), Selige 3182 (b+w).



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