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Ghosts of 1906

August 29, 2012

Shawn Clover has put together a jarring set of then-and-now composites from the 1906 earthquake and fire.

The Valencia St Hotel. (This is pretty much what’s in my head when I ride my bike past 18th St.)

In the case of the Valencia St. Hotel, I had to return to the scene on Valencia between 18th and 19th four times before I managed to get it right. There’s quite a bit of conflicting information of exactly where this building once stood.

Van Ness and 17th:

Lafayette Park:

Sacramento Street:

Many, many more on Shawn’s website, including a second set. And it looks like there’s more on the way:

And just when I was about to wrap things up, my dad announced that he had unearthed a local magazine published in late 1906 loaded with earthquake-aftermath photos that I had never seen in any library or online collection. On the plus side, I’ve got plenty more material for a part three now.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Lippy permalink
    August 30, 2012 1:49 pm

    LOVE this!
    It’s what I’ve always HOPED to see in those “Then & Now” pics but never have.
    It’s truly like GHOSTS inhabiting modern scenes.. I can almost see/feel them if I look at these pics and think back to even recent walks in the City. I am always “imaging” what must have taken place on this or that spot as I traverse the City. Now, thanks to this masterful essay I have a great visual pro

  2. August 31, 2012 1:34 pm

    Thank you again Burrito Justice for igniting the viral spark on my earthquake mashup photos. After you published this, it went around some SF blogs, then took off internationally: front page of Daily Mail UK, Buzzfeed, Huff Post, Pop Sci, Digg, Reddit… I’ve been doing phone interviews all day from KQED to Photoshop user groups.

    Burrito Justice #1!

  3. May 14, 2018 9:39 pm

    At this time it looks like Drupal is the top blogging platform available right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?


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