San Francisco Water Front Prior to April 1851
This rare panorama is composed of a pair of silver photographs made by Martin Behrman (in 1910) from the original daguerreotypes by William Shew made prior to April, 1851. The vantage point is Portsmouth Square, Kearny and Merchant (now Washington) Streets. The photograph is in the original frame with labels below the image naming buildings and locations indicated on the photograph with white inked numbers. The photographs are remarkably clear, showing much detail of the original daguerreotypes. These are thought to be the first photographs of San Francisco (then, Yerba Buena). One of the original daguerreotypes is in the collection of the Bancroft Library; the other is unaccounted for and believed to be lost.
Keywords: history California, urban nautical 19csf