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San Francisco in Color

The Smithsonian Institution got its hands on what it thinks are the first and only color photographs of the 1906 quake wreckage. The photos were taken by photography pioneer Frederick Ives. The photos show some of the ruins along Market Street. The photos, which have never been published before, were donated to the Smithsonian by Ives' son, Herbert. The photos were not cataloged until Anthony Brooks, a volunteer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, took up the task. [SF Gate, SFist]