San Francisco Earthquake and Fire: House of Mirth, c.1906, May
I found this gem while perusing the Library of Congress online photo archive yesterday and had to share. We don’t know too much about the subjects, but it’s not too difficult to fit the pieces together. Taken about 2 weeks after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the overall mood of San Francisco as we know it today is captured in the good-humored signage attached to this temporary home that this group of people created. According to the signs, the House of Mirth is complete with running water, steam heat and an elevator. Even in the worst of circumstances, San Franciscans are resilient and are able to retain a sense of humor.