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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: 1906; aerialphotography; california; catastrophism; earthquake; godsgravesglyphs; naturaldisaster; photographs; sanfrancisco; sporkweasel
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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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To: JRios1968

It’s funny none-the-less.


51 posted on 02/13/2012 7:06:07 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Roscoe Karns

52 posted on 02/13/2012 7:06:18 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Mr. Lucky; Roscoe Karns

Trust me, I am one of Roscoe’s biggest admirers...and I posted the detour in admiration!


53 posted on 02/13/2012 7:07:32 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Roscoe Karns

*guffaw*

I say again: *chortle*


54 posted on 02/13/2012 8:04:40 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Roscoe Karns

LOL...Roscoe, you rock!....almost as much as San Fran did.


55 posted on 02/13/2012 9:30:24 AM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: Roscoe Karns; monkapotamus; All

Damn it Monk you got see it I didn’t have certain FR favorite was in 1906 quake LOL!


56 posted on 02/13/2012 12:26:07 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Roscoe Karns; monkapotamus; All

Damn it Monk you got see it I didn’t know have certain FR favorite was in 1906 quake LOL!


57 posted on 02/13/2012 12:26:27 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Roscoe Karns; monkapotamus; All

Damn it Monk you got see it I didn’t know have certain FR favorite was in 1906 quake LOL!


58 posted on 02/13/2012 12:26:45 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Roscoe Karns; monkapotamus; All

Damn it Monk you got see it I didn’t know have certain FR favorite was in 1906 quake LOL!


59 posted on 02/13/2012 12:27:06 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Roscoe if you pushing Godzilla on this thread keep it up with Looter guy Godzilla was born into 1940s or early 1950s LOL!

You could blame Godzilla existence on Harry Truman


60 posted on 02/13/2012 12:29:46 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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