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Don't let the sign scare you, it's only a little bit of radiation.  Ok, maybe a moderate amount of radiation. #radiation #radioactive #xray #radiationtherapy #warning #safetyfirst #safety #hazard #sign #caution #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
One of these Hellenized heads is a figure of Isis (the goddess not the assholes) from 100BC-200AD Egypt, the other from the Indus Valley region of Pakistan in the 2nd-5th century AD.  Why is Greek art in Pakistan, thousands of miles away?  Because that's how far Alexander the Great was willing to go on his quest to conquer the world, bringing plenty of Greek culture with him.  Neither one is a recent acquisition, both were ethically acquired years ago from a reputable dealer. The isis figure on the left was formerly a part of the Alex Malloy collection. #terracotta #antiquities #india #pakistan #hellenic #art #alexanderthegreat #alexander #indus #greek #grecoroman #ancient #egypt #egyptian #oddities #oddacious #wunderkammer #collection
One of these Hellenized heads is a figure of Isis (the goddess not the assholes) from 100BC-200AD Egypt, the other from the Indus Valley region of Pakistan in the 2nd-5th century AD. Why is Greek art in Pakistan, thousands of miles away? Because that's how far Alexander the Great was willing to go on his quest to conquer the world, bringing plenty of Greek culture with him. Neither one is a recent acquisition, both were ethically acquired years ago from a reputable dealer. The isis figure on the left was formerly a part of the Alex Malloy collection. #terracotta  #antiquities  #india  #pakistan  #hellenic  #art  #alexanderthegreat  #alexander  #indus  #greek  #grecoroman  #ancient  #egypt  #egyptian  #oddities  #oddacious  #wunderkammer  #collection 
The lifecycle of the Silkworm in lucite. We got eggs, we got worms, chrysalis, silk cocoons, males, females, the whole deal. It's kinda neat, I remember growing these as a class project in kindergarten. Now I just keep them frozen for eternity in a chunk of plastic. So much less maintenance this way, highly recommended. #lucite #silk #silkworm #preserved #taxidermy #insect #specimen #worm #chrysalis #moth #wunderkammer #collection #oddiies #oddacious #bug #bugs #cocoon
The lifecycle of the Silkworm in lucite. We got eggs, we got worms, chrysalis, silk cocoons, males, females, the whole deal. It's kinda neat, I remember growing these as a class project in kindergarten. Now I just keep them frozen for eternity in a chunk of plastic. So much less maintenance this way, highly recommended. #lucite  #silk  #silkworm  #preserved  #taxidermy  #insect  #specimen  #worm  #chrysalis  #moth  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddiies  #oddacious  #bug  #bugs  #cocoon 
I love spy shit!  This is how the FBI bugs your totally legitimate night club. This is the device that receives and records the transmissions from the surveillance bugs they plant in your lampshade. It's configured to receive on two frequencies, 164.865mhz, and 156.090mhz. So, uhh, now you know what frequencies to snoop on. It can receive both clear, and scrambled signals, and can play the audio out the speaker, headphones, or record it to cassette. When The Man parks a flower van down the street, he's got one of these babies in the back. It's an older analog system, the new ones are all digital, so this particular model is obsolete, but it absolutely still works. If I can find one of the bugs that would go with it, I'll have a super cool demonstration piece to blow people's minds.  For extra credit, go google "156.090 MHz". You'll find an FCC violation issues to the New York Unified Court System, for unauthorized use of this frequency, outside of "accordance with the rules applicable to their particular service." The location of the violation was the Brooklyn Supreme Court in NY. So, basically that's someone getting busted for using equipment just like this to illegally wiretap something inside the Brooklyn Supreme Court.  Daaaaamn. That's some spook shit right there. I'm in love with this thing. There's an 800 number for "Cusfomer Assistance" that belongs to the National Intelligence Academy. Spooky! #spy #fbi #police #surveillance #pi #privateinvestigator #radio #spooky #spook #nia #bug #microphone #aid #unitel #theman #counterintelligence #intelligence #government #lawenforcement #hamradio #audio #scrambler #blackbag #legitimatebusiness #wundekammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
I love spy shit! This is how the FBI bugs your totally legitimate night club. This is the device that receives and records the transmissions from the surveillance bugs they plant in your lampshade. It's configured to receive on two frequencies, 164.865mhz, and 156.090mhz. So, uhh, now you know what frequencies to snoop on. It can receive both clear, and scrambled signals, and can play the audio out the speaker, headphones, or record it to cassette. When The Man parks a flower van down the street, he's got one of these babies in the back. It's an older analog system, the new ones are all digital, so this particular model is obsolete, but it absolutely still works. If I can find one of the bugs that would go with it, I'll have a super cool demonstration piece to blow people's minds. For extra credit, go google "156.090 MHz". You'll find an FCC violation issues to the New York Unified Court System, for unauthorized use of this frequency, outside of "accordance with the rules applicable to their particular service." The location of the violation was the Brooklyn Supreme Court in NY. So, basically that's someone getting busted for using equipment just like this to illegally wiretap something inside the Brooklyn Supreme Court. Daaaaamn. That's some spook shit right there. I'm in love with this thing. There's an 800 number for "Cusfomer Assistance" that belongs to the National Intelligence Academy. Spooky! #spy  #fbi  #police  #surveillance  #pi  #privateinvestigator  #radio  #spooky  #spook  #nia  #bug  #microphone  #aid  #unitel  #theman  #counterintelligence  #intelligence  #government  #lawenforcement  #hamradio  #audio  #scrambler  #blackbag  #legitimatebusiness  #wundekammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
American propaganda training leaflet. I believe this is Cold War era, and was intended as a training aid, presented to American soldiers so they would recognize a real propaganda leaflet when they saw one. There are a handful of tropes that get repeated in everyone's propaganda, the most common gimmick is the ol' "While you're fighting this war, yer wife is getting satisfied by someone else.  Just thought you should know." Why do they still do it if everyone knows the trick?  Because it works anyway. Propaganda is an enormously effective tool, used to shape our societies in a huge variety of ways. Marketing is propaganda. Propaganda is marketing. Why do I need a Coca-Cola right now, and not a Pepsi?  #propaganda #marketing #militaria #advertising #leaflet #war #coldwar #psyops #psychology #psych #soviet #sovietunion #ussr #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
American propaganda training leaflet. I believe this is Cold War era, and was intended as a training aid, presented to American soldiers so they would recognize a real propaganda leaflet when they saw one. There are a handful of tropes that get repeated in everyone's propaganda, the most common gimmick is the ol' "While you're fighting this war, yer wife is getting satisfied by someone else. Just thought you should know." Why do they still do it if everyone knows the trick? Because it works anyway. Propaganda is an enormously effective tool, used to shape our societies in a huge variety of ways. Marketing is propaganda. Propaganda is marketing. Why do I need a Coca-Cola right now, and not a Pepsi? #propaganda  #marketing  #militaria  #advertising  #leaflet  #war  #coldwar  #psyops  #psychology  #psych  #soviet  #sovietunion  #ussr  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
Japanese puzzle boxes are amazing. They can require anywhere from 1 to hundreds of moves to open, in a range of sizes from match box to treasure chest. The dazzling pattern on the surface makes it difficult to figure out where the lines are. It looks pretty easy on video, but it's surprisingly hard to figure out the first time. Even the first few moves can take most people quite some time. From a distance, you'd think it was some kind of weird decorative cube, but it would probably never even occur to you that it was actually a stash box. I love these things, I've got a few different ones in the collection. It's fun to watch people try to figure them out. The one-movers are actually the most frustrating for people,because you get no sense of progress at all until you figure out the trick all at once, usually by accident. #puzzle #puzzlebox #japan #japanese #stash #stashbox #paraphernalia #box #puzzles #puzzletime #woodworking #woodcraft #woodwork #wood #wood #stashedboxes #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
Japanese puzzle boxes are amazing. They can require anywhere from 1 to hundreds of moves to open, in a range of sizes from match box to treasure chest. The dazzling pattern on the surface makes it difficult to figure out where the lines are. It looks pretty easy on video, but it's surprisingly hard to figure out the first time. Even the first few moves can take most people quite some time. From a distance, you'd think it was some kind of weird decorative cube, but it would probably never even occur to you that it was actually a stash box. I love these things, I've got a few different ones in the collection. It's fun to watch people try to figure them out. The one-movers are actually the most frustrating for people,because you get no sense of progress at all until you figure out the trick all at once, usually by accident. #puzzle  #puzzlebox  #japan  #japanese  #stash  #stashbox  #paraphernalia  #box  #puzzles  #puzzletime  #woodworking  #woodcraft  #woodwork  #wood  #wood  #stashedboxes  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
This is a piece of another planet. Mars, to be specific, about 1/4gram of it. How it got here is a complicated, and violent story. It all started about 474 million years ago, when a rock crystallized out of a moving lava flow, within a few meters of the surface of Mars. Of course, this also means that Mars was still geologically active half a billion years ago, perhaps even today. That's pretty significant in itself. Anyway, this chunk o' rock just chilled for the next 473 million years, when about 1.1 million years ago, it had an unfortunate encounter with a lost asteroid that smashed into Mars with enough energy to blow this formerly chill chunk of rock straight into space, and into orbit around the sun for a while. 60,000 years ago, it suffered the indignity of another high speed collision, this time with Libya. There it sat for another 60,000 years until someone found it, gave it a name, Dar al Gani 476, and discovered that it was, in fact, from Mars. You remember when this little guy was crystallizing in a lava flow near the surface?  Well, when a rock crystallizes tiny bubbles of gas get trapped inside, the kind of gasses that make up the atmosphere of Mars. When Viking 1 and 2 landed on Mars, and measured the ratios of several gasses in the atmosphere, guess what they're an almost exact match for?  There is no place in the universe this rock could possibly be from, except Mars. You can buy one for like a hundred bucks. Go fucking do it. Now. Not this one though, it's mine forever. #mars #martian #meteorite #space #rockhounds #rocksfromspace #dag476 #libya #desert #viking #nasa #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
This is a piece of another planet. Mars, to be specific, about 1/4gram of it. How it got here is a complicated, and violent story. It all started about 474 million years ago, when a rock crystallized out of a moving lava flow, within a few meters of the surface of Mars. Of course, this also means that Mars was still geologically active half a billion years ago, perhaps even today. That's pretty significant in itself. Anyway, this chunk o' rock just chilled for the next 473 million years, when about 1.1 million years ago, it had an unfortunate encounter with a lost asteroid that smashed into Mars with enough energy to blow this formerly chill chunk of rock straight into space, and into orbit around the sun for a while. 60,000 years ago, it suffered the indignity of another high speed collision, this time with Libya. There it sat for another 60,000 years until someone found it, gave it a name, Dar al Gani 476, and discovered that it was, in fact, from Mars. You remember when this little guy was crystallizing in a lava flow near the surface? Well, when a rock crystallizes tiny bubbles of gas get trapped inside, the kind of gasses that make up the atmosphere of Mars. When Viking 1 and 2 landed on Mars, and measured the ratios of several gasses in the atmosphere, guess what they're an almost exact match for? There is no place in the universe this rock could possibly be from, except Mars. You can buy one for like a hundred bucks. Go fucking do it. Now. Not this one though, it's mine forever. #mars  #martian  #meteorite  #space  #rockhounds  #rocksfromspace  #dag476  #libya  #desert  #viking  #nasa  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
The Effects of Nuclear War. Spoiler alert:  It's bad news. All of it.  This report was commissioned by the US Senate in 1979 to examine the effects of nuclear war involving the United States.  It includes data on blast effects, radiation, fallout patterns, economic effects, social/political disruption, etc. both in the short term, and long term.  Short version, society breaks down, you're on your own, best of luck, watch out for the invisible, all pervasive radiation.  It's hard to even say that moving to a tall concrete building is a good idea. I mean, yeah, there's less radiation, but that's just one of your many problems. There is no good news in nuclear war, just bad news, and even worse news. I guess with all the North Korea shenanigans this might be timely. #nuclear #atomic #nuclearwar #nuclearblast #nuke #missile #northkorea #apocalypse #war #death #destruction #blast #radiation #fallout #senate #theendisnigh #theend #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #congress #ota #prepper #doomsday #prepping
The Effects of Nuclear War. Spoiler alert: It's bad news. All of it. This report was commissioned by the US Senate in 1979 to examine the effects of nuclear war involving the United States. It includes data on blast effects, radiation, fallout patterns, economic effects, social/political disruption, etc. both in the short term, and long term. Short version, society breaks down, you're on your own, best of luck, watch out for the invisible, all pervasive radiation. It's hard to even say that moving to a tall concrete building is a good idea. I mean, yeah, there's less radiation, but that's just one of your many problems. There is no good news in nuclear war, just bad news, and even worse news. I guess with all the North Korea shenanigans this might be timely. #nuclear  #atomic  #nuclearwar  #nuclearblast  #nuke  #missile  #northkorea  #apocalypse  #war  #death  #destruction  #blast  #radiation  #fallout  #senate  #theendisnigh  #theend  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #congress  #ota  #prepper  #doomsday  #prepping 
A blob of human fat. It's kinda neat, and kinda gross. I don't really know what else to say about it. #fat #human #fatty #medical #science #pathology #preserved #specimen #tissue #humananatomy #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
Early 1900's realistic metal housefly stickpin. From more than a foot away, you would not know  it wasn't a real fly. The body is made of metal, either iron or bronze, I'm not sure. The wings are celluloid, so they're transparent, if a little cloudy from age. Its front legs are a little bent, but fortunately they're not broken, so it just looks like it's cleaning itself. #housefly #stickpin #brooch #pin #jewelry #fly #antique #novelty #realistic #antiquejewelry #broochpin #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
Early 1900's realistic metal housefly stickpin. From more than a foot away, you would not know it wasn't a real fly. The body is made of metal, either iron or bronze, I'm not sure. The wings are celluloid, so they're transparent, if a little cloudy from age. Its front legs are a little bent, but fortunately they're not broken, so it just looks like it's cleaning itself. #housefly  #stickpin  #brooch  #pin  #jewelry  #fly  #antique  #novelty  #realistic  #antiquejewelry  #broochpin  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
Vial of dirt from the KT boundary from Hell Creek, South Dakota. It was deposited 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs died after an asteroid 6 miles wide smashed into Mexico at 30,000 mph. Approximately 75% of species on Earth at the time went extinct after the planet was shrouded in a global layer of dust, and sulfurous smog.  The plants got no sun, so they almost all died, causing a global collapse of both marine, and land ecosystems. As the dust rained back down over a period of years, it deposited a layer of Iridium enriched dust around the entire planet. In some places, it still exists. Below this layer of dirt, there are dinosaurs aplenty. Above it, there are none. Iridium is extremely rare on the surface of the Earth, but relatively common in asteroids. There's only one place it could have come from, an asteroid impact. Everything on Earth weighing more than 50lbs died. Except turtles and crocodiles, they're  tough sumbitches. #dinosaurs #asteroid #extinction #cretaceous #paleogene #kt #meteorite #impact #hellcreek #southdakota #dakota #tektite #space #spacerock #bigbadaboom #iridium #mexico #yucatan #chicxulub #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
Vial of dirt from the KT boundary from Hell Creek, South Dakota. It was deposited 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs died after an asteroid 6 miles wide smashed into Mexico at 30,000 mph. Approximately 75% of species on Earth at the time went extinct after the planet was shrouded in a global layer of dust, and sulfurous smog. The plants got no sun, so they almost all died, causing a global collapse of both marine, and land ecosystems. As the dust rained back down over a period of years, it deposited a layer of Iridium enriched dust around the entire planet. In some places, it still exists. Below this layer of dirt, there are dinosaurs aplenty. Above it, there are none. Iridium is extremely rare on the surface of the Earth, but relatively common in asteroids. There's only one place it could have come from, an asteroid impact. Everything on Earth weighing more than 50lbs died. Except turtles and crocodiles, they're tough sumbitches. #dinosaurs  #asteroid  #extinction  #cretaceous  #paleogene  #kt  #meteorite  #impact  #hellcreek  #southdakota  #dakota  #tektite  #space  #spacerock  #bigbadaboom  #iridium  #mexico  #yucatan  #chicxulub  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
Got myself a new teddy bear from @savagehouse619, ain't he just the cutest?  What should his name be?  #stuffedanimal #teddybear #teddy #cuteanimals #stuffed #dollface #plushie #teddybearsofinstagram #bear #doll #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #cutenessoverload #plush #plushiesofinstagram
I just can't pass up a Trump mammy bank. I love that it took something so totally wrong, and made it so deliciously right. Classic Trump, he gets his hand stuck in his mouth on the first go around. Maybe he'd have an easier time swallowing Russian money. Thanks to @mementomoriodditiesohio for making my day with this. #mammy #trump #trumptrain #trumprussia #piggybank #bank #coinbank #novelty #politicalhumor #inappropriate #sowrongitsright #humor #donaldtrump #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #fucktrump #politics #presidenttrump #potus #president
I just can't pass up a Trump mammy bank. I love that it took something so totally wrong, and made it so deliciously right. Classic Trump, he gets his hand stuck in his mouth on the first go around. Maybe he'd have an easier time swallowing Russian money. Thanks to @mementomoriodditiesohio for making my day with this. #mammy  #trump  #trumptrain  #trumprussia  #piggybank  #bank  #coinbank  #novelty  #politicalhumor  #inappropriate  #sowrongitsright  #humor  #donaldtrump  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #fucktrump  #politics  #presidenttrump  #potus  #president 
2nd-4th century Roman trilobate arrowhead, found on an ancient battlefield near the Black Sea in what would have been Thrace in Macedonia at the time. The three-lobed shape is designed to produce awkwardly shaped wounds that are difficult to suture and tend to heal poorly.  It doesn't look like much, but this thing would fuck you up good from 200 meters. #arrowhead #arrow #ancient #roman #thrace #macedonia #battlefield #blacksea #antiquity #battle #bowandarrow #war #battle #militaria #military #ancientrome #ancientworld #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
2nd-4th century Roman trilobate arrowhead, found on an ancient battlefield near the Black Sea in what would have been Thrace in Macedonia at the time. The three-lobed shape is designed to produce awkwardly shaped wounds that are difficult to suture and tend to heal poorly. It doesn't look like much, but this thing would fuck you up good from 200 meters. #arrowhead  #arrow  #ancient  #roman  #thrace  #macedonia  #battlefield  #blacksea  #antiquity  #battle  #bowandarrow  #war  #battle  #militaria  #military  #ancientrome  #ancientworld  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
Silver tetradrachm coin from the reign of Alexander The Great. It was minted between 336-323BC, in the city of Babylon, where Alexander died in 323 BC.  On the front is the face of Alexander, as he wanted to be seen, not necessarily what he actually looked like. On the back is Zeus, holding a scepter in one hand, and an owl in the other, representing Athena. It's a fairly fine quality specimen, but coins like this in general were fairly roughly struck, often unevenly or off-center. Each coin is individually struck, with a die and hammer, but the priority was to churn out large quantities of coins, not to make them perfect. It also happens to be 2300 years old, so I'd say that it looks pretty good, all things considered. #coin #numismatic #ancient #alexanderthegreat #alexander #greek #macedonia #babylon #zeus #Heracles #athena #owl #greekgod #currency #money #silver #tetradrachm #drachma #silvercoin #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #coins #coincollecting #ancientgreek #ancientcoins
Silver tetradrachm coin from the reign of Alexander The Great. It was minted between 336-323BC, in the city of Babylon, where Alexander died in 323 BC. On the front is the face of Alexander, as he wanted to be seen, not necessarily what he actually looked like. On the back is Zeus, holding a scepter in one hand, and an owl in the other, representing Athena. It's a fairly fine quality specimen, but coins like this in general were fairly roughly struck, often unevenly or off-center. Each coin is individually struck, with a die and hammer, but the priority was to churn out large quantities of coins, not to make them perfect. It also happens to be 2300 years old, so I'd say that it looks pretty good, all things considered. #coin  #numismatic  #ancient  #alexanderthegreat  #alexander  #greek  #macedonia  #babylon  #zeus  #Heracles  #athena  #owl  #greekgod  #currency  #money  #silver  #tetradrachm  #drachma  #silvercoin  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #coins  #coincollecting  #ancientgreek  #ancientcoins 
Holy shit, old people pranks were mean!  This device is basically a firecracker that you attach to the spark plugs in a car's engine.  When the driver starts the car, it ignites and becomes  a "screaming" firework that emits an ear piercing noise, and a crapload of smoke to match the crapload in your pants when this thing goes off.  Imagine the conniption you'd have if all that noise and all that smoke came pouring out of your car as soon as you started it.  You'd better be real good friends with anyone you used this on. #pranks #firework #firecracker #screamers #carprank #car #mean #trick #vintage #automotive #novelty #prank #pranking #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #burglaralarm #alarm #caralarm
Holy shit, old people pranks were mean! This device is basically a firecracker that you attach to the spark plugs in a car's engine. When the driver starts the car, it ignites and becomes a "screaming" firework that emits an ear piercing noise, and a crapload of smoke to match the crapload in your pants when this thing goes off. Imagine the conniption you'd have if all that noise and all that smoke came pouring out of your car as soon as you started it. You'd better be real good friends with anyone you used this on. #pranks  #firework  #firecracker  #screamers  #carprank  #car  #mean  #trick  #vintage  #automotive  #novelty  #prank  #pranking  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #burglaralarm  #alarm  #caralarm 
American WWII "educational" pamphlet produced by the US War Department in April, 1945. Now that both Mussolini, and Hitler had been defeated, only Tojo was left in Japan. Since the war was reduced to one front, a lot of soldiers are going to be going home, but many would still have to stick around to finish the job in the Pacific theater. The pamphlet lays out the ground rules for who gets to go home first and establishes a point system, heavily favoring those who'd actually fought in combat. Once you reached a certain point threshold, you were eligible to go home. #propaganda #wwii #worldwar2 #japan #american #army #war #educational #pamphlet #leaflet #militaria #ephemera #military #vintage #wartime #pacific #tojo #hitler #mussolini #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
American WWII "educational" pamphlet produced by the US War Department in April, 1945. Now that both Mussolini, and Hitler had been defeated, only Tojo was left in Japan. Since the war was reduced to one front, a lot of soldiers are going to be going home, but many would still have to stick around to finish the job in the Pacific theater. The pamphlet lays out the ground rules for who gets to go home first and establishes a point system, heavily favoring those who'd actually fought in combat. Once you reached a certain point threshold, you were eligible to go home. #propaganda  #wwii  #worldwar2  #japan  #american  #army  #war  #educational  #pamphlet  #leaflet  #militaria  #ephemera  #military  #vintage  #wartime  #pacific  #tojo  #hitler  #mussolini  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake original 8x10" glass negative. The Del Monte Milling Company is on fire, while people are trying to rescue the contents of the building that was ultimately destroyed and rebuilt a few years later. At the time, Del Monte was the largest cereal producer on the west coast. It's amazing to me that everyone in this photo has just been through the shittiest morning in recent memory, but somehow, they're still  all impeccably dressed. People walking with parasols and stuff, probably to keep the ashes from raining down on them.  The background is filled with smoke, not grey sky, as large portions of the city were on fire. The current address is 1920 Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94111, near Embarcadero, and Bay. I've actually been to the site, it's just an office building now, but I sometimes wonder what one of the current tenants would think of this.  I reversed the image so it's more viewable, but what I have is the original 8x10" glass negative. To my knowledge this photo hasn't appeared anywhere else, in any other collection.  I've been tempted to get a poster sized version made for my wall.  #sanfrancisco #earthquake #1906 #sf #sanfranciscoearthquake #photo #negative #photography #disaster #delmonte #milling #fire #firestorm #burnitdown #montgomery #seismic #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #quake #rescue #catastrophe #california #history #historicalphotos #photograph
Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake original 8x10" glass negative. The Del Monte Milling Company is on fire, while people are trying to rescue the contents of the building that was ultimately destroyed and rebuilt a few years later. At the time, Del Monte was the largest cereal producer on the west coast. It's amazing to me that everyone in this photo has just been through the shittiest morning in recent memory, but somehow, they're still all impeccably dressed. People walking with parasols and stuff, probably to keep the ashes from raining down on them. The background is filled with smoke, not grey sky, as large portions of the city were on fire. The current address is 1920 Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94111, near Embarcadero, and Bay. I've actually been to the site, it's just an office building now, but I sometimes wonder what one of the current tenants would think of this. I reversed the image so it's more viewable, but what I have is the original 8x10" glass negative. To my knowledge this photo hasn't appeared anywhere else, in any other collection. I've been tempted to get a poster sized version made for my wall. #sanfrancisco  #earthquake  #1906  #sf  #sanfranciscoearthquake  #photo  #negative  #photography  #disaster  #delmonte  #milling  #fire  #firestorm  #burnitdown  #montgomery  #seismic  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #quake  #rescue  #catastrophe  #california  #history  #historicalphotos  #photograph