Today marks the 108th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire, a devastating event that nearly destroyed the city and resulted in the indefinite closure of our sister institution the @deyoungmuseum. Photographer Arnold Genthe was on the ground and captured on film the devastation, which can now be seen thanks to the incredible efforts paper conservation team made to restore Genthe’s original glass negatives. Learn more in this archived blog post.
Arnold Genthe (American, 1869–1942). Untitled (Earthslip on San Francisco’s Union Street), 1906. Cellulose nitrate negative. Museum purchase, James D. Phelan Bequest Fund. 1943.407.6.1