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Rare Photos Showing the Aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Set for Auction

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Rare Trove of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Photographs
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)

 

Swann Auction Galleries is set to auction a trove of rare photographs taken in the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

The lot of 265 photos, which provide a glimpse into the destruction, include street-level images that capture smoke billowing from flattened buildings and the temporary encampments set up by families that lost their houses. The entire lot has a pre-auction estimate on it of $4,000–$6,000.

Below, browse more of the incredible photographs.

Trove of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Photos
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)
Trove of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Photos
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)
Trove of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Photos
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)
Trove of San Francisco Earthquake Photos
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)
Trove of San Francisco Earthquake Photos
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)
Trove of San Francisco Earthquake Photos
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)
Trove of San Francisco Earthquake Photos
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)
Trove of San Francisco Earthquake Photos
(Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries)

 

For more information on the lot, click here. To browse the full “Icons and Images: Photographs and Photobooks” auction, which takes place on Feb. 14, click here.

—RealClearLife Staff