Natural disaster history: Color photographs of 1906 San Francisco earthquake

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These color pictures document the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and its aftermath.

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First color photos of 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Photo: Frederick Eugene Ives

They represent some of the first color photos taken of one of the greatest natural disasters that occurred in America.

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First color photos of 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Photo: Frederick Eugene Ives

These amazing pictures were taken by Frederick Eugene Ives (1856-1937), an inventor and photographer, several months after the earthquake and a year before color photography became commercially available in 1907.

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First color photos of 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Photo: Frederick Eugene Ives

They are now exposed at the National Museum of American History.

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First color photos of 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Photo: Frederick Eugene Ives

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, a magnitude 7.9 quake, completely destroyed the city leaving 3000 dead and 300,000 homeless. 

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