4/18/11

Two Sides of WHIGHAM PHOTO in San Francisco


105 years ago today the earth shook and fire raised the city of San Francisco. This is the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.

Today I have chosen to feature this photo from the George Kallman estate. I have no information about the children in the photo, but the photographer took some memorable photos of the aftermath of the earthquake.



I have not found any biographical information about Whigham. I'm hoping eventually someone steps forward and offers some.

The following three images showing the aftermath of the quake are from the Central Washington University Brooks Library Digital Collection, all taken by Whigham Photo. Click on the links to go to their site and see the images larger along with reference data.



Then there's the following little item from the January 5, 1908 newspaper The San Francisco Call from the Library of Congress archives. Click on the link to see the full page of the paper.


Apparently Whigham Photo was in the "Rooms to Let" business.

As with all old photos, you have to wonder what became of the people. Most assuredly, what became of these two children?

UPDATE: Thanks to an anonymous reader we now have a little bit of information about the Whigham Studio:
Whighams Studio was owned by Minnie Seavy of San Francisco. She had two studios one on Mission and the other on Market. One of the newspapers had a baby photo contest which she won with two photos that were titled A Breath of Heaven Day/Night. I know she also owned a few flats as well.

4 comments:

  1. The eyes, ears and noses tell me they're brother and sister, but of course you already knew that, right?

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  2. Oh you give me far too much credit for brains kind sir.

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  3. Anonymous4/22/2013

    Whighams Studio was owned by Minnie Seavy of San Francisco. She had two studios one on Mission and the other on Market. One of the newspapers had a baby photo contest which she won with two photos that were titled A Breath of Heaven Day/Night. I know she also owned a few flats as well.

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  4. Thank you very much! I'll add this to the post.

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