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View of San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake and fire, c. 1900. California Street from DuPont.

Copyright T. E. Hecht, San Francisco.
Reference 6-1-0-2-27, 1142.

Street scene of San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake and fire, c. 1900.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 4-1-1-1-119, 0511.

View of San Francisco (formerly Yerba Buena) from the water, 1846-1847.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

San Francisco's East Street waterfront about 1900. The U.S. Army transport ship "Thomas" is tied up at the dock. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum Association, Proctor Collection.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

South side of California Street looking eastward, c. 1880. The Fireman's Fund building is at the end of the block.

Copyright Treu Hecht, San Francisco.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

An Independence Day celebration on Greenwich Street, San Francisco, July 4, 1862.

Courtesy of the Society of California Pioneers. No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

San Francisco from Telegraph Hill on the left, to California Street on the right by French engraver Charles Meryon, 1850s.

Courtesy of the California Historical Society. No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

A forest of masts rises in the bay behind San Francisco, c. 1851. The closest ship on the right lies in the mud at what is today the corner of Sansome and California Streets.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

Earthquake damage in San Francisco, October 1868.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-23, 1115.

A view of the Great Fire in San Francisco of May 3, 1851. The loss was between $10 million and $12 million, all uninsured. From Gleason's Pictorial, July 12, 1851.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-23, 1115.

San Francisco Bay from Telegraph Hill, undated.

Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum.
Reference 4-1-1-1-62, 0514.

Unidentified man perched on the Fireman's Fund flagpole atop company headquarters.

Courtesy of the California Historical Society.
Reference 6-1-0-2-1, 1114.

Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, rebuilt after the earthquake and fire of 1906.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-2-2-3-17, 1135.

Poster advertising the clipper Storm King departing New York bound for San Francisco, c. 1860s.

Copyright Morris Rosenfeld, Photographic Illustrator, New York.
Reference 4-1-1-1-164, 0514.

The San Francisco waterfront, looking northward from a point south of Mission, showing the hay and grain warehouse of Henry Dutton & Sons, 1860s.

Copyright R. J. Waters & Co.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

The Golden Gate Bridge under construction, 1936.

Copyright Gabriel Moulin, San Francisco.
Reference 4-1-1-1-20, 0506.

Firemen's Fund designed a workmen's compensation program for the construction of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), 1960s.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-5, 1114.

Beach at Cliff House, San Francisco, 1933.

Copyright Gabriel Moulin, San Francisco.
Reference 4-1-1-1-119, 0511.

San Francisco skyline from the Bay, 1930.

Copyright Gabriel Moulin, San Francisco.
Reference 4-1-1-1-118, 0511.

San Francisco street scene, 1900s. The Call Building is the tall building at the end of the street.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 4-1-1-1-118, 0511.

Looking down California Street to the Bay, San Francisco, 1930s.

Copyright Gabriel Moulin, San Francisco.
Reference 4-1-1-1-118, 0511.

The Ferry Building on the waterfront, San Francisco, 1930s.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 4-1-1-1-118, 0511.

An early view of San Francisco, a block called the Russ Estate, 1860.

Copyright Gabriel Moulin, San Francisco.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

Cable car on a San Francisco street, 1940s.

Copyright Gabriel Moulin, San Francisco.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

Looking down California Street to the Bay, San Francisco, 1863.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

Panorama of San Francisco, 1850s.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

California Street scene with cable cars, San Francisco, 1900s.

Copyright T. E. Hecht.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

San Francisco theater goers, 1900s.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

Early cable car in San Francisco, 1880s.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

Effects of an earthquake in San Francisco, 1868.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

Montgomery Street, San Francisco, 1886.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

Clay Street, San Francisco, after an earthquake in 1868.

Copyright T. E. Hecht.
Reference 6-1-0-2-12, 1115.

Lily Hitchcock Coit, official mascot and honorary member of San Francisco’s volunteer fire company Knickerbocker No. 5, wearing her Knickerbocker 5 badge, 1877. San Francisco’s Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill was her gift to the city.

No copyright indicated.
Reference 4-1-1-1-105, 0510.

Sansome Street, San Francisco, 1850. Building in the center is the site of Fireman’s Fund home office at California and Sansome Streets.

From original watercolor by F. Marryat.
Reference 6-1-0-2-14, 1115.

The James Flood Building, Market and Powell Streets. circa 1900.

San Francisco Newsletter, Christmas Number, 1905.
Reference 4-2-0-1-7, 0804.

Norton I, "Emperor of United States and Protector of Mexico," was a colorful and beloved figure to San Franciscans in the 19th century. On September 16, 1857, Joshua Abraham Norton, an immigrant from England, declared in the evening Bulletin that "he had acceded to the wishes of the great majority of the citizens," and had assumed the emperorship of California. A few years later, wearing his customary ill-fitting, brilliantly colored blue uniform complete with beaver skin cap and scarlet plume, he declared himself Emperor of the United States. As far as can be determined, the citizens of San Francisco calmly accepted their new ruler, and took care to provide him with appropriate "tithe" and new uniforms when needed.

Copyright Bradley & Rulofson.
Reference 6-1-0-1-1, 1113.

San Francisco’s Gateway, 1905

From San Francisco Newsletter, Christmas Number, 1905,
Copyright R.J. Waters & Co.
4-2-0-1-7, 0804

San Francisco Bay Bridge, 1930

No copyright indicated.
4-1-1-1-19, 0506

A Birdseye view of San Francisco’s Market East from Sansome Street during the goldrush days and again in 1905.

From San Francisco Newsletter, Christmas Number, 1905,
4-2-0-1-7, 0804

The completion of the Union-Pacific Railroad, May 10, 1869. The transcontinental railroad made possible the eastward expansion of Fireman’s Fund, and by 1871 the company had interests all over the country, as well as in England.

Hudson Historical Bureau, New York
4-1-1-1-144, 0513

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