Thursday, January 27, 2011

Postcard Frienship Friday - Shakey History

Postcard of San Francisco City Hall as it looked just prior to the 1906 earthquake

This massive building takes up a full two city blocks in the civic center area of San Francisco.

After the 1906 earthquake it looked like this

Reconstruction began 1913

The writer of this 1915 message appears to be a bit confused. He seems to think he is in Boston. Perhaps he is just telling a story of his whereabouts to Miss Irene - he figures she doesn't get off of Prince Edward Island all that much. He's banking that she'll not notice the postmark or check her geography book and see Boston is nowhere near San Francisco. Never was. Not before the earthquake and not after.

Construction was completed in time for the World's Panama Pacific exposition in 1915

1915 view (Boston is 3,100 miles due east)

More reconstruction was required after the 1986 earth quake caused further damage and twisted the dome 4 inches on it's base. It has since received a seismic upgrade that prevents the dome from acting like a pendulum in response to seismic waves.

View on of January 14, 2011 while I admired the beauty of the historic building in person.
105 years after the earthquake. Looks quite sturdy to me!

The amazing night view! The dome is bathed in cornflower blue and silvery white

Here's to bridging the past and the present

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sepia Saturday - Happy New Year!

New Year Greetings from the Overlook Hotel

Lloyd the Bartender took this shot of New Years revelers in the ballroom of the Overlook Hotel. Delbert Grady can be seen at the lower left. The colorful balloons say "redrum". Stay out of room 237.

Having no known sepia photos of New Years Eve celebrations I did then next best thing and swiped this photo from Problem is, it reminded me of a scene from The Shining. Perhaps my blood sugar is a bit low or I should have slept an hour longer or, to quote Scrooge, a bit of undigested oatmeal perhaps. Or it could be the thought of the 146 televised football bowl games scheduled for today and tomorrow. Probably that's it.

Whatever the case, enjoy Sepia Saturday Selebrations HERE

Have a Healthy and Happy New Year!