Various: Collector, 1904. Loose_leaf. Large loose-leaf notebook, chock full (at least 350) of postcards featuring (mostly) views of Cliff House in San Francisco, The Golden Gate Bridge, and a few general San Francisco views. This was the album of an obsessive collector, who gathered anything and everything Cliff House,and Golden Gate, from postcards dating back to 1904 and 1907, all the way up through the 1960's and beyond. Consists of real photo postcards, colorized postcards, tacky tourist cards. Some. real gems, but also a number of things fodder down the road of real interest to a card collector, but fabulously comprehensive, as it follows the five different
Cliff Houses, the fires in between, the varying shifts from playground of the hoi polloi, to falling out of favor and sliding into a scene of questional repute.
At least 350 separate postcard, and a few ancillary items as well, such as a 1909 Stereoview card, an 1890's albumen imperial cabinet card view of
Cliff House and the beach below. Very Good Plus. Item #84549
"...The first Cliff House was built in 1863, above Ocean Beach, in west San Francisco. It has been rebuilt five times since for various reasons, such as remodeling or damage. In 1894, the third, and most photographed, incarnation of the house was built by Adolph Sutro, a successful mining engineer. Sutro built the seven-story mansion in Victorian style, an elaborately decorated structure dubbed the "Gingerbread House." Cliff House was the scene of a number of historic events, including several shipwrecks. A wreck in 1887 caused damage to the second Cliff House when the dynamite on the ship exploded. The first ship-to-shore transmission, using Morse Code, was received here in 1899 and in 1905; the first radio voice transmission was sent from the house to a point a mile and a half away. Cliff House survived the earthquake that struck San Francisco in 1906 with only minor damage. It burned to the ground the following year, however. Sutro's daughter began the construction of a new Cliff House restaurant in 1908, but on a vastly smaller scale. And so it is today... " (Clarence E. Edwards, 1914)
"...The Cliff House, dramatically perched on the sheer rocks at the northern end of Ocean Beach, is one of San Francisco's iconic buildings.... complete with class tensions, explosive shipwrecks, family feuds, drunken brawls and sexual escapades - - the first Cliff House - a clapboard structure [was] built by real estate tycoon Charles Butler in 1863. "...(SAN FRANCISCO CALL, VOLUME 102, NUMBER 100, 8 SEPTEMBER 1907).
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