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San Francisco Harbor Photo, c1875.
Carleton E. Watkins probably stood on Telegraph Hill around 1865 and photographed this tranquil scene of three-masted ships in San Francisco's harbor. The steam-powered Oakland Ferry is seen, along with Yerba Buena Island.
Watkins went bankrupt in 1875, and his studio was acquired by Isaiah West Taber, who continued the production of photographs and stereoviews. This photograph is most probably Taber's period print of a Watkins negative.
Taber's studio was located at 8 Montgomery St., San Francisco, over the Hibernia Bank. His advertisement in the 1884 San Francisco Directory invited customers to "Ascend In Elevator." Apparently, Taber was doing quite well!
This is an ORIGINAL photo in heavy card stock. "B 862 San Francisco Bay" and "Taber Photo San Francisco" identify this one of many scenes around San Francisco. The 1906 earthquake destroyed Taber's studio and all his work. However, this one survived! Measures 7-5/8"" by 9-3/8".
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Wells Fargo & Co. Express -- Money Orders Sold Here "WINDOW" Sign.
As early as 1903, and possibly earlier, Wells Fargo & Co. issued these signs to be posted at all Cashiers’ Windows in their banks and express offices.
This sign was issued as early as 1914, and is included in The 1914 Sign List that appeared in the Instruction Book To Agents And Messengers.
The Sign List entry describes it as a "16 Enamel 3-1/2" x 36" (Single Face)" sign, and is described as being used “on window ledges wherever money orders are on sale.”
It is also called a "Ribbon" sign by collectors today.
It was displayed in an office until mid-1918, and then discarded when the company was consolidated into the American Railway Express.
Very few window signs survived the ravages of time. This IS THE ONE pictured in "Company Property . . ." on page 131.
More about antique signs:
Encyclopedia of Porcelain Enamel Advertising Signs
Issued December 1, 1912.
As early as March 1, 1877, the company offered a "Standing Reward" of $300 for the conviction of each highway robber.
Three hundred dollars in 1877 were worth about $6,000 in today's currency.
Standing Rewards drastically reduced the need to print Reward Posters for each individual highwaymen.
This poster was issued in this ORIGINAL FRAME and WOOD BACKING! It was displayed in an office for six years, and then discarded when the company was consolidated into the American Railway Express. How and why it survived is still a mystery.
The frame measures 14-1/4" x 18-1/4". The Foxing (stains) in the right and lower-right margins attest to its age.
This IS the poster that is pictured in “Company Property . . .” at top left, on page 107.
This part of Western History is rapidly vanishing, and this is the LAST ONE of these that you will see. Enjoy this beautiful poster in your collection for years to come!
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