This mammoth panoramic albumen print is remarkable for both its scale and condition, a rare surviving example in this unusually large format. Unlike most other panoramas of the period, this photograph consists of one continuous print rather than a series of joined prints. Depicting most of downtown San Francisco from Russian Hill to the bay, this expansive photograph features crisp detail throughout, including smoke billowing from the cable car barn and multiple merchant signs legible throughout. Grading this albumen print on a scale of 1 to 10 — a 10 being a print that has rich, deep dark tones and highlights that retain all of their original detail — this print rates a 9. The darkest areas are a deep chocolate brown, and the highlights are cream-colored.
This print is in generally very good condition. When examined closely, the following are visible: tiny matte deposits, as well as nearly imperceptible milky-white matte deposits, of indeterminate nature; soft handling creases; and subtle scuffs. There is an approximately 2-inch vertical crease in the upper center that appears to break the emulsion as well as a sharp diagonal crease at the lower right corner that may break the emulsion. There is a tiny circular loss in the upper left sky area.
The mount is soiled and yellowed at the periphery of the image. There are multiple tears and losses at the mount edges, including a tear at the center right that extends into the image approximately ¼-inch. Several strips of clear adhesive tape were inexpertly applied to the tear. The lower right mount corner is nearly detached. The reverse of the mount is backed with linen, which is soiled and torn, particularly at the edges. The following is written in pencil in unidentified hands: ‘WJP/003’; ‘cut / San Francisco [illegible]’; and ‘5545 [circled]’.
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