March 11, 2011
In March of 2011, The National Museum of American History announced it had discovered the first — and possibly only — color photographs showing the aftermath of the earthquake that nearly destroyed San Francisco on April 18, 1906.
The six (three here) photographs were taken by Frederick Eugene Ives (1856-1937) in October of the same year. Ives used a color method that he patented in the early 1890s, the Photochromoscope system. The 3D photos , or Kromgrams are viewed through a Kromscope.
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