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San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Photographs by the Miles Brothers, 1906
BANC PIC 19xx.181--PIC  
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Description
The collection consists of 43 glass plate negatives from which copy prints have been made. The photographs are primarily of street scenes and buildings damaged or destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire. Also included are two shots of the Miles brothers, two of boxer Jim Jeffries, and a few unidentified photos. Most of the photographs bear the company's name and a photograph number. The original glass plates are not available for use.
Background
The Miles brothers (Harry, Herbert, and Earl C.) were film exhibitors who established the first motion picture exchange in the United States in San Francisco in 1902. Prior to this they and other exhibitors had to purchase movies directly from the makers. Brother Harry came up with the idea of renting films to exhibitors, an idea that forever changed the growing industry.
Extent
43 glass plate negatives 35 digital objects
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Original glass plate negatives restricted. Use viewing prints with call no. BANC PIC 19xx.181--PIC.