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Stunning photo taken from kite that captures devastation from 1906 earthquake in San Francisco
Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 12th February 2012 | Nina Golgowski

Posted on 02/12/2012 1:57:18 PM PST by DogByte6RER

A city in ruins: Stunning photo taken from kite that captures devastation from 1906 earthquake in San Francisco

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This rarely seen image of the city of San Fransisco lying in ruins after the devastating earthquake of 1906 was captured by an ingenious photographer using a camera attached kites.

The panoramic shot, which is of outstanding quality considering the basic equipment available, shows the full scale of the disaster which claimed the lives of over 3,000, injured 225,000 and caused $400,000,000 worth of property damage.

Commercial photographer George Lawrence, who used home-made large format cameras, was well known at the time for his wide angle photographs of banqueting groups, national political conventions, and state legislature sessions.

To take aerial shots he had previously gone up in balloons, but after a near fatal accident in 1901, when he fell 200ft and was only saved by telegraph wires broke his fall, he began looking for a safer alternative.

The following year, a Chicago inventor Silas Conyne, patented a kite for flying advertising banners.

Impressed by the kites' stability and lifting power, Lawrence obtained permission to build some for himself. To boost their capabilities even further, Lawrence flew several kites in series which allowed him to hoist his heavy wooden-framed cameras up to 2,000ft high.

After developing a stabilising system he was able to fly as many as seventeen kites in a train, although five to ten were usually enough.

With his great business sense, Lawrence knew there would be huge international demand for the San Francisco pictures and sure enough they earned him well over $15,000 the equivalent today of over $300,000.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: 1906; aerialphotography; california; catastrophism; earthquake; godsgravesglyphs; naturaldisaster; photographs; sanfrancisco; sporkweasel
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Historic panorama: A camera soaring above San Francisco Bay by a kite immediately following the earthquake of 1906 captures the mass destruction from the historic 7.9 magnitude quake

1 posted on 02/12/2012 1:57:20 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: SunkenCiv

Maybe GGG material


2 posted on 02/12/2012 1:58:17 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Very cool photo. I just love photography anyway.


3 posted on 02/12/2012 2:02:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Thanks for posting


4 posted on 02/12/2012 2:05:41 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: DogByte6RER

Thanks for posting


5 posted on 02/12/2012 2:05:53 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: DogByte6RER

No fire...

(They didn’t start until people realized there was no coverage for earthquake damage, but fire insurance would pay to rebuild)


6 posted on 02/12/2012 2:11:44 PM PST by null and void (Day 1118 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: cripplecreek

In that era, possibly a “hydrogen balloon” would have been feasible to get an unmanned, ground controlled camera aloft, but it would have needed to be a really big one.


7 posted on 02/12/2012 2:12:13 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: DogByte6RER

Even more stunning than the ingenuity of this photographer is the realization that San Francisco was once a thriving port.


8 posted on 02/12/2012 2:18:46 PM PST by giotto
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To: DogByte6RER

The Photog was clearly a Gnurd for his time. He rocks for doing kool things.


9 posted on 02/12/2012 2:40:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: DogByte6RER

The Photog was clearly a Gnurd for his time. He rocks for doing kool things.


10 posted on 02/12/2012 2:40:18 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: null and void
No fire...

Looks too me like this was taken after the fires as well. Look closely and you can see what looks like building foundations, or partial first floor walls with nothing but black (ashes?) inside them. Some still smoldering a little.

11 posted on 02/12/2012 2:49:24 PM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

My great grandfather’s cameras from a decade later were still pretty hefty equipment. He lugged a bunch of stuff around on an old Indian cycle when he was a surveyor in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

All his old glass plates and negatives are stored in a museum these days.

I really should talk to the museum about accessing them and developing them to digital format. These days a flatbed scanner and photoshop will do the job.


12 posted on 02/12/2012 2:57:19 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Pretty amazing I can see several tall building still standing considering the magnitude of the quake.....Guess them actual made building back them to last

Too bad the same city is now a cesspool of perversion and deviates


13 posted on 02/12/2012 3:15:00 PM PST by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: DogByte6RER

FYI: All the people in that picture are dead now.


14 posted on 02/12/2012 3:18:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: newheart

That’s what I would say except for the immediately after notation.

I’m more inclined to think you are correct and “immediately” was within a week or so.


15 posted on 02/12/2012 3:23:06 PM PST by null and void (Day 1118 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: DogByte6RER

BTTT


16 posted on 02/12/2012 3:46:28 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: DogByte6RER

I read an interesting tidbit about the mindset then. The U.S. government offered any help needed. The Mayor or Governor said something like, “Thank you. We’ll let you know if we need help.”

Nowadays, a heavier than usual rainfall results in cries for FEMA.


17 posted on 02/12/2012 3:57:09 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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18 posted on 02/12/2012 4:00:11 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: DogByte6RER

I have a digital copy of a 16mm movie that was reportedly filmed three days before the earthquake. It was taken from the front of a trolley car. It’s a very neat film in that the few automobiles in it had virtually no rules of the road. Cars and horse drawn wagons and pedestrians all shared the road willy-nilly.

I am making a copy of this picture and adding it to my historical files. Thanks for posting it.


19 posted on 02/12/2012 4:01:50 PM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: Roscoe Karns

.....facepalm.........


20 posted on 02/12/2012 4:06:07 PM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Bloody hilarious. LOL.


21 posted on 02/12/2012 4:10:53 PM PST by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: DogByte6RER; SunkenCiv
Trolley ride down Market Street, 1906 (4 days before the Quake)
22 posted on 02/12/2012 4:25:58 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Roscoe Karns

hahaha!.....good one. ; )


23 posted on 02/12/2012 4:38:57 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: Roscoe Karns

LOL!


24 posted on 02/12/2012 4:39:24 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Notice docks in the foreground. SF used to have a thriving commercial dock system. The unions killed it.


25 posted on 02/12/2012 4:56:53 PM PST by Poison Pill (Obama is the hopium of the masses)
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To: Roscoe Karns

LOL! Thanks for the keeper. That was awesome!

There are additional (better) pics and maps that will give a better perspective of the damaged area. Also goes into some detail of what this “kite” contraption actually was.

http://robroy.dyndns.info/lawrence/kitelines97.html


26 posted on 02/12/2012 5:06:19 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: Roscoe Karns

LOL! Love ya, Roscoe !


27 posted on 02/12/2012 5:25:12 PM PST by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Who knew they had Heineken back then?!


28 posted on 02/12/2012 5:41:20 PM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: martin_fierro

Thanks for posting that.

Massive vitality, energetic people and the full flower of American ingenuity displayed in the profusion of autos, trolley cars and people going places and doing things.

Now that $hole has nothing but perverts, welfare queens, illegal immigrants, bums and junkies with rigs hanging out of their arms.

Plan for the Reset, good people.


29 posted on 02/12/2012 6:04:08 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

How to hijack a thread in one easy fotochop.


30 posted on 02/12/2012 6:09:10 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: DogByte6RER

Looks to me like the Fairmont hotel up on the hill survived the quake.


31 posted on 02/12/2012 6:21:52 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

lol!


32 posted on 02/12/2012 6:25:31 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
Plan for the Reset, good people.

mmmm.... awaiting the day the filth declares the Revolution is upon us. I won't shoot first but by God I intend to shoot last.

33 posted on 02/12/2012 6:25:46 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
Plan for the Reset, good people.

mmmm.... awaiting the day the filth declares the Revolution is upon us. I won't shoot first but by God I intend to shoot last.

34 posted on 02/12/2012 6:25:46 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
Plan for the Reset, good people.

mmmm.... awaiting the day the filth declares the Revolution is upon us. I won't shoot first but by God I intend to shoot last.

35 posted on 02/12/2012 6:25:56 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: DogByte6RER

My grandfather would have been there, he was starting up a banking business on orange crates for people wanting to rebuild.


36 posted on 02/12/2012 6:25:56 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Roscoe Karns; SevenofNine

ROTFLOL! Well done!


37 posted on 02/12/2012 6:33:15 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Romney=Gun Grabber.)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks DogByte6RER, and thanks martin_fierro for the addiitional ping.


38 posted on 02/12/2012 7:23:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Eye of Unk
My grandfather would have been there, he was starting up a banking business on orange crates for people wanting to rebuild.

Your grandfather was Amadeo Giannini?

39 posted on 02/12/2012 7:23:20 PM PST by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: DogByte6RER; martin_fierro

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks DogByte6RER, and thanks martin_fierro for the addiitional ping.

It's a two-list topic!

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


40 posted on 02/12/2012 7:23:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Eye of Unk; Talisker

Sounds like he had a zest for his line of work.


41 posted on 02/12/2012 7:26:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: DogByte6RER

that’s some picture, but I guess I just don’t get the devastation part.


42 posted on 02/12/2012 7:41:53 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: DogByte6RER

Thanks for posting this .... waaaaay cool.


43 posted on 02/12/2012 7:43:41 PM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: Talisker

My grandfather was John Spigno who was the partner with Giannini, who later went on with Bank of Italy and then into Bank of America in SF.


44 posted on 02/12/2012 7:59:15 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Eye of Unk
My grandfather was John Spigno who was the partner with Giannini, who later went on with Bank of Italy and then into Bank of America in SF.

Very impressive.

45 posted on 02/12/2012 8:43:05 PM PST by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Roscoe Karns
I think you found proof that Theodore Roosevelt was involved in a plot to destroy the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. You have a photo of a suspicious person carrying unknown materials into the place where the bridge is no longer there.

Teddy Knew!

-PJ

46 posted on 02/12/2012 8:57:24 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: DogByte6RER
I always thought it odd that in the 1936 movie San Francisco, a special effect scene was done showing an iconic SF house being blown up for a firebreak. The house survived the 1906 earthquake. It wasn't so lucky in the 89 quake where the same house had to be demolished for real due to damage.
47 posted on 02/12/2012 9:17:04 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

I salute you, sir!


48 posted on 02/12/2012 9:21:23 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Political Junkie Too

A 1906 Troofer!


49 posted on 02/13/2012 6:20:03 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Roscoe Karns

50 posted on 02/13/2012 7:00:12 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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