Click here for the Chronicle photo gallery. Photo: Hugh Talman, Natl Museum American History

You may have seen Carl Nolte’s piece in the Chronicle on Monday about the Smithsonian Institution’s discovery of six color photographs of San Francisco after the 1906 quake. The photos were taken by pioneering photographer Frederick Ives. Here are four of those photos, posted online today by the Chron:

Here’s a blown-up version of the third photo above, from a post about Ives’ early experiments in color photography on the Smithsonian National Museum of American History blog.

Also, this is a fine opportunity to browse the Smithsonian’s collection of black and white photos from the Great Quake. And while you’re at it, check out the amazing collection on the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco site, and this one from the USGS of the Great Fire.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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