lundi 19 juin 2017

Unique Historical Prints San Francisco Collectors Prefer

By Susan King

The City By the Bay has a fascinating and unusual history that makes it a wonderful place to visit. Millions of tourists do just that to ride the trolleys, stroll through Fisherman's Wharf and tour the other famous landmarks. Purchasing artwork that depicts the most iconic areas found in the city is very popular. Some choose the instantly recognizable Golden Gate Bridge, while others are more interested in the unusual and historical prints San Francisco dealers have in their shops.

If you were lucky enough to dine at the Cliff House during your visit to this city, you might want to take a visual memento of this famous, and some would argue infamous, restaurant back to show friends and family. You may know the story about the gingerbread house precariously perched above Ocean Beach, but your friends probably won't.

Adolph Sutro, a mining engineer, who bought Cliff House and restored it to its most famous incarnation was also the force behind the famed Sutro Baths located just north of Cliff House. He began with a ocean pool aquarium that he expanded into the largest indoor bathhouse in the world. At one time Sutro Baths included seven pools, natural history exhibits, paintings, sculptures, and even Egyptian mummies. No longer in existence, the Baths can only be enjoyed in photographs.

Food is one thing this city is rightly famous for. If you spent time at the local markets, you could purchase a print of Market Street bustling with trolley cars and horse drawn carriages circa 1900. The famous Flat Iron Building is front and center in many of these pictures.

You might have spent a night at the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill and enjoyed the view from the Top of the Mark. If you did, you must have noticed the photography highlighting the original mansion that once stood in its place. Many believed it to be the gaudiest and most vulgar building ever built, but others admired the size and grandeur of the designer's endeavor. Although fire brought on by the 1906 earthquake destroyed it, the Mansion still lives on in print.

San Francisco is no stranger to colorful characters, and one that is still remembered fondly today is Emperor Norton. The local citizenry accepted his eccentricities and looked forward to his latest proclamations and decrees. His reign as self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States lasted almost a quarter of a century. During that time he was a welcome guest at theaters and restaurants throughout the city.

Of course one of San Francisco's most pivotal and historical moments was the devastating earthquake of 1906 and its aftermath. Photos showing the destruction caused to City Hall and the Call Building are remarkable. They are vivid reminders of the power of Mother Nature.

This City By the Bay is beloved by many, and it has a unique cultural and architectural history with pivotal moments created by natural disasters. Pictures of its Golden Gate Bridge abound and are beautiful. It is interesting to see some lesser known photos though that give a real sense of this city's golden past.

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