Set of 10 postcards, San Francisco earthquake of 1906

$60.00 CAD

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Nice lot of 10 postcards, all showing images from the aftermath of the earthquake and fire of April 18-20th 1906.

Mixed lot. Some unused, some mailed. Writing in French, some mailed to France.

  1. ‘Ruins in the Business District, San Francisco CA’ (1909)
  2. ‘Hibernia Savings Bank on the Left, Pragers on the Right, San Francisco’
  3. ‘Looking down Market St., from Mason Street’
  4. ‘Two blocks ruins near City Hall, San Francisco’ (June 12, 1906)
  5. ‘California Safe Deposit Building, San Francisco, Cal. Montgomery & California Sts. looking south., after the fire of April 18th to 20th 1906’
  6. ‘Home of Grand Opera- once the center of gaiety, now as silent as a tomb’
  7. ‘San Francisco, Cal. After the earthquake and the beginning of the fire, April 18, 1906’ (~May 1906)
  8. ‘California Street, San Francisco Cal. from Kearny St. looking East, after the fire April 18th 1906’ (1907)
  9. ‘Street cracked by the earthquake April 18 1906, San Francisco, California’ (Dec. 15 1906)
  10. ‘As San Francisco appeared on the night of the 18 April 1906. From Washington St. & Van Ness Ave.’

Toning and smudges. Some have writing on front.


The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7. High intensity shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days. As a result, up to 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed. The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes in the history of the United States. The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American disasters.