This unused postcard captures the burning city of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. The card is copyrighted by The James Lee Co. of Chicago. The image on the front shows burning and shattered buildings and two firemen training their hoses on the massive fire. This looks a bit like using a teaspoon to empty the ocean! The image is bright and eery orange and browh to show the glare of the flames. The image is framed by a tapestry much like a theater curtain and at the center top the Great Seal of California is mounted. The condition is good with faint creasing but sharp corners. There are three spots on the front that represent chips off of the image.
On April 18, 1906, San Francisco suffered devastation as a result of a huge magnitude 7.9 earthquake and subsequent fires that burned on for days. The fires were the result of ruptured gas lines, but also due to water line breaks that rendered the fire fighters unable to have sufficient water to fight the fires. In addition many fires were the result of purposeful torching of damaged structures because insurance in that time would not cover earthquake damage but would cover fire loss.