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San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake, Now In Color

March 10, 2011

One early adopter of color photography was Frederick Eugene Ives. Ives was best known at the time for inventing halftone printing. He also invented the Photochromoscope system. It was his first color process–one that was too expensive and complex–and therefore a commercial failure. Ives’ work on the Photochromoscope did, however, lead to hundreds of color photos between the 1890s and 1910s. The pictures shown here were taken in October, six months after the great earthquake. Most of the photos taken were from the Majestic Hotel, roof but these images are at street level.
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