Posted 5 years ago
This is an unusual tintype with a great backdrop.
The photographer has used the 1906 SF Earthquake as a backdrop for his photographs. The backdrop has numerous buildings that are shells or rubble. The scene compares favorably to actual photographs of the era.
I have seen many examples of the "tour car" tintype, some with the desirable Cliff House backdrop, but this is the first time that I have encountered this backdrop.
I don't know if the "4044 CAL" is meant to represent a license plate or California Street, which was hard hit with the earthquake.