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1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance

Clearinghouse

Artifacts, Articles, Mementos, Documentation

This clearinghouse is offered as a public service by the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance. Its purpose is twofold:

The Alliance does not have direct knowledge of any of the items listed and cannot vouch for their authenticity or for the individuals offering such. All contacts and arrangements are to be made directly between interested parties, not the Alliance.

Items Offered

  1. We are developing the historic Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5 on San Francisco's Waterfront, just north of the Ferry Building. We have several display cases and an outdoor Port Walk which both have capacity for exhibits. We could also possibly host an event or performance.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

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    Contact

    Alicia Esterkamp, 4157722571

  2. Quantity Postcards will be publishing and distributing greeting cards, postcards, booklets and mugs with reproductions of images from postcards of the 1906 time period. The cards will be available starting in November 2005. Discounted pre-production orders accepted.

    Stipulations

    A free sample of the postcards and greeting cards are available at no charge. Wholesale price for the postcards are $4.50 for a package of 30 different images if ordered in calendar year 2005. Delivery as requested. Greeting cards are $7.50 per 1/2 dozen. Mugs are 5.50 with a minimum of three and the booklet is estimated at $15.00. Prices are subject to change.

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    Contact

    Quantity Postcards, 510 268 9933

  3. I have 4, lengthy letters my grandfather, John Anton Jorgensen, then 21, wrote to his family in Chicago about his experience of the San Francisco earthquake and fire.

    These letters provide eloquent descriptions of the extent of damage, the harrowing journey he and a young woman made to Oakland so she could return to San Jose by train, the summary execution of looters,his responsibilities in helping his employer, Price Waterhouse recover, etc.

    By any standard, the literary style, vocabulary and penmanship of this young man for whom English was a second language are remarkable.

    I have the original letters, the post-marked envelope of one them, a Western Union telegram he sent his family on April 22, 1906, and a pass issued by the Governor's office dated April 24th to allow him back into San Francisco from Oakland.

    I can send a transcript of the letters if desired.

    Stipulations

    If this material would enhance an exhibit, my family would consider loaning them to a non-profit, educational organization.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

    Short-term loan

    Contact

    Ann Neale

  4. Large collection of personal letters (50) from husband to wife all centered on the Earthquake of 1906.

    Letters about the Earthquake span about 1 year period.

    Family was living in San Francisco. Husband was organist for Trinity Church. Immediately after the Earthquake, family flees by ferry to Berkeley and then on to Palo Alto. Wife and daughter set up home in Palo Alto while husband tries to reconstruct life in San Francisco. Situation continues to deteriorate in SF and husband leaves for Seattle. Husband comes back to Palo Alto and then eventually they reconstruct their lives in SF.

    Lots of other letters from friends in SF right after the Earthquake.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

    Short-term loan

    Contact

    Stewart Kantor, 650-743-8945

  5. My grandfather bought 25 copies of the earthquake newspaper while he was working as a rescue worker. Anyone interested in buying those papers?

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

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    Steven C. Levi

  6. Two panoramic shots taken by my stepfather's father, an insurance agent. "The Burning City, 10am, April 18th, 1906" and untitled shot from Nob Hill after the fires have burned out. The photos are in the original Kodak Sentitized Paper box, and stamped by the insurance agency, R.J. Waters & Company, 717 Market Street, San Francisco, CA . . . . They are 53 inches x 10 inches.

    Stipulations

    I am not certain whether these are unique; but they are interesting, as the buildings are identified in the Burning shot and the post-fires shot is detailed enough to see the masts of ships in San Francisoc Bay.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

    Short-term loan

    Contact

    Jean Cook Braun, 4155540487

  7. I have designed and will produce a badge commemorating the 100th anniversary. The badge will be of interest to badge collectors, fire memorabilia collectors, and persons looking for memorabilia to remember the commemoration. The sale of the badge will help recoup the intial expense and hopefully provide a portion to the San Francisco Fire Department Historical Society. Thank you.

    Stipulations

    The badge will be available to the public for $45 each, and discounted to any person or organization who wishes to purchase a quantity.

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    Steven Scher

  8. Living-History Shows available for your centennial cellebration:
    •The Complete Condensed History of the Bay Area: Up from the Ashes.
    Our tour-de-force of 75 characters in a mosaic of voices from Native Americans to Hippies to dot.com-ers. The exciting segment on the Great Quake has been expanded, and the theme is building a resiliant diverse community.
    •Jack London: Eyewitness to the Great Quake.
    Our dynamic portrayal of the reknowned writer focuses on his and his wife Charmian's harrowing account of the Quake.
    Custom Shows: We can research, write, and perform a quality production on any period, person, event or theme.
    Live Oakes is dedicated to combining rigorous research with acting expertise to bring history to life. We have performed for the S.F. and CA. Historical Societies, The Oakland Museum of California History, S.F. Maritime Hisoric Park, Jack London State Historic Park, conferences, museums, universities and schools throughout California. www.liveoakes.com

    Stipulations

    non-profits - $625/performance for profits - $1,500/performance

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

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    Contact

    Michael Oakes, (707) 643-7819

  9. Centennial Special
    Released for the 1st time in a 100 years. Never before seen Reprints of 35 1906 San Francisco Earthquake photographs that has been in my family. We also have the original photos,camera and the glass negitives.

    Stipulations

    You may go to my website RealimagePro.com to view and all orders will be sent to your home. You may contact me with any questions and for the short story explaining the history and releasing to the public of this 100 year old Treasure.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

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    Contact

    Gina Janelli, 541- 281-9313

  10. RootsWeb Review 1 March 2006, Vol. 9, No. 9

    1a. EDITOR'S DESK: 100 Years Ago: San Francisco Earthquake Hits

    LONG-LOST LETTERS GIVE FRESH LOOK AT THE 1906 SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE.
    The California Genealogical Society announces a new book published to
    coincide with San Francisco's earthquake's centennial year. Dorothy
    Fowler's work, "A Most Dreadful Earthquake: A First-Hand Account of the
    1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire," presents the vivid personal
    letters of a young San Francisco woman to her sweetheart in Schenectady,
    New York.

    The ribbon-bound packet of 40 faded letters, written between February
    and July 1906, turned up in the archives of California Genealogical
    Society in 1998, with little to identify the writers or to explain how
    the letters came to the society. Now, 100 years later the author
    details the painstaking search to learn more about Sarah Elizabeth
    PHILLIPS and the Mr. JONES she planned to marry.

    Sarah's account begins dramatically in the early hours of April 18,
    1906, when "we were awaked by a most dreadful earthquake." Through the
    letters, Fowler follows Sarah PHILLIPS and three other correspondents as
    the events of that hectic spring and summer unfold, providing a unique
    insight for today's readers.

    Fowler is a researcher and volunteer at the California Genealogical
    Society and she happened to be on hand when the letters were discovered,
    Her immediate perception was that there must be quite a story to be
    found in them. Soon she found herself immersed in what she calls "the
    little project that grew." Using standard genealogical methods, the
    author was able to identify the parties involved and uncover a
    fascinating link to America's recent past.

    Details and how to order the 176-page paperback book -- "A Most Dreadful
    Earthquake, A First-Hand Account of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
    and Fire"-- ($15) is available at the society's website:
    http://www.calgensoc.org/

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  11. Misc. newspapers S.F. Chronicle & Examiner April 21,22,24 -1906
    Birdseye view of the ruins of S.F.
    supplement to S.F. Examiner 5/13/06
    Panoramic Views of the ruins of s.f. - Supplement to Examiner 5/20/06

    Stipulations

    Items for sale

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

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    Rick Swanson

  12. About seventy original nitrate ( Possibly Acetate ) negatives. All 1906, exposed at and near the epicenter of the S.F. earthquake. There is enough solid documentation to prove that they are real. There is a written description on some artifacts as to location, geologic interest and are initialled assumably by the writer. The negatives are in extraordinary good condition and very printable. I have been able to pinpoint where some were taken. In one picture, the name " William Tell House " is clearly seen. This is in Tomales, Califonia. I do not personally collect such things and as such this collection is for sale. Serious enquires will be responded to.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

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    Contact

    Ben F. Kouba, 503.654.4731

  13. Provide Cliff House as source for meetings, VIP gatherings, etc.

    Stipulations

    Cliff House would love to provide their space for any gatherings that might dovetail with existing events - special meetings, etc. open for discussion regarding donation value. Thank you.

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    Contact

    Susie Biehler, 415 987.7929

  14. I have just discovered this past year in my family's storage, many, many original pictures of the 1906 earthquake's devastation. Now, I have to figure out where I placed them for safe-keeping!

    Stipulations

    I am open to loaning them but probably selling them. I am sure I will locate them this week and I will so notify this forum. Thank you.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

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    Contact

    P. Fisk, 805 226-0225

  15. "IN THE FAULT ZONE"
    1906 EARTHQUAKE CENTENNIAL PUBLICATION

    "In the Fault Zone" is a special report marking the centennial of the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake. It takes an in-depth look at the tectonic origins of earthquakes and at how tectonic forces have shaped—and continue to shape—the San Francisco Bay Area.

    This full-color, 16-page supplement will be bound into the center of the April-June 2006 issue of BAY NATURE magazine. It is also available as a stand-alone publication for $3 a copy. Visit http://www.baynature.com/store to place an order after April 1. Or, call Tracy at 510-528-8550 to place a bulk order.

    BAY NATURE is a nonprofit, independent magazine dedicated to exploring and understanding the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit http://www.baynature.com for more information.

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    Bay Nature magazine, 510-528-8550

  16. April 20, 1906 SF Examiner Newspaper, second publication after quake. Complete. With photographs and articles re community/national response, donations from around the world, etc.

    Stipulations

    For sale.

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    Yvonne Felch

  17. The San Francisco District of the United States Post Office is offering a limited edition commemorative cachet celebrating the 100th anniversary of the earthquake. See 'Stipulations' for more details...

    Stipulations

    "OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY..." Send $5, check or money order to EARTHQUAKE CENTENNIAL, PO BOX 880188, SAN FRANCISCO CA 94188-0188. Ensure your name & return address are legible. Cachet has special postmark and a picture of the San Francisco Main Post Office (7th & Mission Street) taken after the great quake. ORDERS WILL BE FILLED AFTER APRIL 18TH, 2006. Hurry while supply lasts...

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    US POSTAL SERVICE

  18. 2 of my great aunts survived the earthquake & had the presence of mind to take 100's of pictures &
    wrote a journal documenting their
    experiences...these are historically priceless!

    Stipulations

    available for educational/historical groups or for publications...will negotiate

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

    Short-term loan

    Contact

    JO-ELLE SOMERSETT, 5037223839

  19. Over 50 newspapers and special publications from 4/21 - 4/30 for sale.
    SF Call; Bulletin; SF Enquirer; Oakland Enquirer; Oakland Tribune; Oakland Herald.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

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    Stuart Kahn, 530-400-3005

  20. San Francisco Before and After the Earthquake softbound book, 30 pages of before and after pictures taken between 4/18-4/21 1906. Excellent condition, includes panorama photo of before/after. also 4pg foldout of panoramic view of S.F. after the fire. Serious inquires only.

    Stipulations

    I am interested in offering this booklet for sale to serious offers only.

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    Debra Minton, 415/531/8305

  21. Anyone want a copy of a 6 ft. wide panoramic photo of SF on May 28, 1906, taken from 1000 ft. above the Bay? It shows the entire waterfront and all of the burnt area, including ferry boats and surviving downtown buildings and the Russian Hill enclave and the sun setting over the Golden Gate. Photo by George Lawrence, well known already, but it was taken on a 4 ft. wide negative, and very few people have ever seen it at the original resolution. On an inkjet plotter, a plot 6 ft. long just barely captures that resolution, like individual people in the streets. I may have exeeded the space limit already, but will send anyone the info how to download picture as a 160MB TIFF file from the Library of Congress at no charge. Can be printed on a home inkjet printer, divide it up into 28 sections, print them out, then cut and tape them together. Makes a good gift for a library or school or organization of your choice. You can also pay a photo lab or print shop to plot the picture out 6 ft. long for you.

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    Peter Nurkse, 831.429.8493

  22. A website of photos and original descriptions of the 1906 Quake in Ferndale, CA more than 200 miles north of S.F.!
    http://ebeltz.net/fieldtrips/1906quake-fdale.html

    Stipulations

    You are welcome to read/use the site, if you desire reproductions of the photos, please contact the Ferndale Museum as stated on the site.

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    Ellin Beltz

  23. I have a number of photos (very sharp) of my family (grandmother) living is a shack after the earthquake.

    Stipulations

    Perhaps I'm too late, but if anyone wants to use these as part of an exhibition, I'd be happy to lend them.I am a 5th generation San Franciscan. My family arrived in San Francisco in 1850.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

    Short-term loan

    Contact

    jeff mindham, 7325980420

  24. I have an original, previously unpublished collection of 4X5 negatives taken of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. These are owned by a good friend, who owns the negatives and rights for their use. I am looking for interest parties who may like to use them for commercial products or possible other exhibit uses.

    Stipulations

    Terms of use can be discussed. They have not been put on the market or offered for any other use to date, 4/17/06. For further information, please email or call and if I am not at the number listed, leave a message as to how and when to reach you.

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    Dave Bermann, 209-545-7848

  25. The New San Francisco Magazine Vol. 1, Number 1, dated May 1906. Over 42 pages with historical photographs of before and after the quake.

    Stipulations

    Looking to sell. Price ?

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

    Other

    Contact

    Jeff Urdesich, 559-392-0678

Items Sought

  1. Tents, conical shaped (aka "Sibley tents") or cabin-style walled tents, approx 8 to 12 feet in diameter, quantity 2 to 6 tents.

    Stipulations

    To be used outdoors to house a National Park Servie exhibit on 1906 Quake & Fire Refugee life, in April 2006.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

    Short-term loan

    Contact

    Bob Holloway, (415) 331-1563

  2. The WESTPEX 2006 Stamp show is seeking a short term loan of a postcard display of the 1906 SF earthquake. Short term loan for 4 days April 27-30, 2006.

    Stipulations

    WESTPEX, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit organization, producing an annual postage stamp and postal history exhibition, our 46th year in 2006, to be held at the SF Airport Marriott Hotel, April 28-30, 2006.

    Nature of Offer / Solicitation

    Short-term loan

    Contact

    George Shalimoff, 707-887-7380

  3. I have been told that my great-grandfather died in the 1906 earthquake. Is there any place where I could go to research this?

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    Ann Dolyniuk, 415-776-9252

  4. In the Los Angeles Times of Feb 19,2006, an article by Chistopher Reynolds (Staff Writer) appeared describing your 1906 Quake Event. The article was headed by a photograph by Geo R. Lawrence taken from a series of kites 2000 feet over the Bay toward the City. It is entitled "San Francisco in Ruins". Having a birthday on April 18, 1932, I am herein inquireing if copies of that photo are available for purchase (hopefully for framing)
    I would appreciate any information you may have on the subject.
    Sincerely,
    Barry N. Smith
    5 Via La Cima
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

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    Barry N. Smith, 310-377-8717