Keystone View Co. collection, Special Collections

Historic Photograph Collections

Keystone View Company (1892-1939), 1898-1906

PH194_006

B.H. Singley established the Keystone View Company in 1892, in Pennsylvania, and served as sole photographer until 1897. Keystone built a huge educational catalog using additional images acquired from Kilburn, White, Underwood, and Berry, Kelley & Chadwick. The collection consists of 52 images dated 1898-1906 and focuses on the San Francisco earthquake and the Spanish-American War in the Philippines.

Box 1

  • PH194_006_2047: U.S. Navy Battleships (Oregon). ["USS Oregon," battleship # 3, BB-3, later IX-22, commissioned 1896, museum 1925-1944, scrapped 1956.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC United States. DATE 1898.
  • PH194_006_2076: One of the marvelous glacial Scenes on Mt. Hood. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Oregon—Mount Hood, Hood River County. DATE 1904.
  • PH194_006_2112: U.S. Navy Battleships (Oregon). ["USS Oregon," battleship # 3, BB-3, later IX-22, commissioned 1896, museum 1925-1944, scrapped 1956.] BY Keystone View Co, published by Lawrence & Houseworth. LOC not
  • PH194_006_2132: Government reindeer en route for Alaska, Woodland Park, Seattle, Wash., U.S.A. [View of reindeer amid large trees, building in background. A herd of 500 was brought from Norway to increase the reindeer population in the Yukon River area. See below] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Washington—Seattle. DATE March
  • PH194_006_2195: Soldiers and their Sweethearts, on the Eve of Departure for Manila. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [Soldiers, women and children in foreground; ferry and masts of sailing ships in background. Possibly San Francisco.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1898.
  • PH194_006_2202: U.S. Firing Line, Soldiers Occupying Native Huts, Philippine Islands. Copyright 1899 by B. L. Singley. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Philippines. DATE 1899.
  • PH194_006_2211: General View of the Wrecked Battleship Maine. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [View from the deck. The mysterious explosion that caused the sinking of the "Maine" in Havana, Cuba on February 15, 1898, precipitated the Spanish-American War and (See Below) BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Cuba. DATE 1898.
  • PH194_006_2212: Admiral Dewey's Flag-ship "Olympia" as She Arrived in New York Bay from Manila. Copyright 1899 by B.L. Singley. [View of the ship with tugs and other small craft escorting it into harbor.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC New York—New York City. DATE 1899.
  • PH194_006_2216: Transport "Pennsylvania" Leaving San Francisco with Thirteen Hundred Volunteers for Manila. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [View from the dock crowded with people to the Transport "Pennsylvania" crowded with soldiers covering the decks and up the mast.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE
  • PH194_006_2224: The Gunners on Board U.S. Cruiser "New York" Loading 6-inch Guns. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [Close up of sailors practice loading gun.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Cuba. DATE 1898.
  • PH194_006_2225: Physical Drill - Company F, 9th Regiment, Infantry, Camp Chickamauga, Ga., U.S.A. [Soldiers amid tall pines with guns held overhead.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Georgia. DATE 1898 c.
  • PH194_006_2226: Company E, 7th U.S. Infantry, at Company Drill, Camp Chickamauga, Ga., U.S.A. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [View down two rows of soldiers with tents and camp in background.] BY Keystone View Co..
  • PH194_006_2227: Our Boys in Camp - Writing a Letter for Home, Tampa, Fla., U.S.A. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [Group of soldiers on ground in front of tents, writing letters; soldier in foreground is smoking a pipe while using drumhead as writing surface.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Florida. DATE 1898.
  • PH194_006_2231: U.S. Infantry and U.S. Cavalry, Chattanooga, Tenn., U.S.A. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [Street scene of soldiers marching and on horseback; civilian traffic is pulled to the side, streetcar is in center of street.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Tennessee. DATE 1898.
  • PH194_006_2232: U.S. Cavalrymen Training Horses, Camp Tampa, Fla., U.S.A. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [In background two cavalrymen on horseback riding away from camera toward camp and tents; in foreground cavalryman working with horse on the ground.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Florida. DATE 1898.
  • PH194_006_2233: Boarding the Transport Boats for Santiago, Tampa, Fla., U.S.A. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. [View down dock filled with soldiers and equipment, railcars on one side of dock, ships on the other.] BY
  • PH194_006_2240: Filipino Farmers Harrowing Rice Fields Near Manila, P.I. [Two farmers cultivate flooded rice field using water buffalo to pull harrow. Village at edge of field has thatch-roofed huts raised on stilts.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Philippines. DATE 1900 c.
  • PH194_006_2260: San Francisco Refugees in Camp at Fort Mason After Earthquake and Fire Disaster, April 18, 1906. [Large tent city with people chopping wood, carrying on with life. Buildings of fort in background. Description of quake and aftermath on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2262: Tried in the Crucible of Fire and Earthquake - Call Building, After the Disaster of April 18, 1906. [Building stands amid ruins and rubble. Detailed description of earthquake and aftermath on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2263: Street-car Conductors and Motormen Clearing Away Wreckage on Mission Street, San Francisco Disaster of April 18, 1906. [View down street covered in rubble, on each side of the street are ruins of buildings. Men are at work in the street.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2266: The James Flood Building and Poodle Dog Restaurant. Victims of the Common Fate - San Francisco Disaster of April 18, 1906. [View of gutted buildings across rubble-filled lot. Detailed description of 1906 Earthquake on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2268: The Once Throbbing Heart of the City Stricken - Market St., San Francisco. After the Great Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906. [Scene of devastation; fire-blackened remains of buildings amid rubble. Detailed description of earthquake on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco.
  • PH194_006_2270: Market Street Ravaged and Laid Waste Without Mercy - Earthquake and Fire Disaster, San Francisco, April 18, 1906. [Men, most in business suits, walk down the wet street; fire-blackened remains of buildings stretch into the distance. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE
  • PH194_006_2272: New Post Office Building, Slightly Damaged but Still Intact - Earthquake and Fire Disaster, San Francisco, April 18, 1906. [Large three-story building appears undamaged, but is surrounded by flattened remains of other structures. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2273: Y. M. C. A. Building a Total Wreck - San Francisco Disaster of April 18, 1906. [Remains of building amid brick and steel rubble with downed power lines in the foreground. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2276: A Travesty on a Name - Independent Power House, San Francisco, After Encountering the Fire and Earthquake Demon of April 18, 1906. [Man stands in wrecked powerhouse near large turbine. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2278: Alcatraz Island from Russian Hill - Looking Across a Sea of Ruins - San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [In foreground ruins of buildings cover the hillside down to the waterfront; ships dot the bay. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2279: Devastation and Ruin Complete - Ruin of Scott and Van Ansdale Building, San Francisco - Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [Shell of building, only ironwork on balconies of facade intact. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE
  • PH194_006_2281: San Francisco as it Appeared After Earthquake and Fire Had Done Their Worst - View from Government Mint Building. [View of city with rubble filled blocks in foreground; streets cleared; buildings in whole and part in background. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2282: Ruins of Power House of United Railway Co. - Fairmount Hotel in the Distance - San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [View across city, most buildings in ruin, some appear relatively intact.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2283: The Utter Ruin of San Francisco's Gas Works - Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [Steel frameworks of two large round tanks(?) and one small brick stand on field of rubble. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2284: The United States Mint Building Saved in the Very Heart of the Burned District as by a Miracle - San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Disaster, April 18, 1906. [Large neo-classic building stands intact amid field of rubble. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2285: San Francisco's Desolation - Scene from Pine and Powell Streets - Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [View across city of ruins of buildings; street is cleared. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2286: The Old Jewish Synagogue on Sutter Street - An Imposing Ruin. San Francisco Disaster of April 18, 1906. [Stone shell of building with two tall towers. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2287: Looking Towards the Bay from Russian Hill Over a Vast Area of Ruins, San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [Skeletons of trees in foreground against fields of rubble crossed by cleared streets. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2288: Overlooking a Portion of San Francisco's Ruins - Old Jewish Synagogue in Distance. Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [Ruins of buildings stretch across city and up onto hills; in foreground top of brick chimney appears intact. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco.
  • PH194_006_2289: Temporary Burial Ground of Some of the Victims of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Disaster. Portsmouth Square near the Hall of Justice. [Man sits surrounded by items rescued from ruins; several tents are nearby. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2290: Up Telegraph Hill in Wake of Earthquake and Fire - San Francisco Disaster of April 18, 1906. [Ruins of buildings stretch up hillside. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2291: A Beautiful City's Great Blight - Scene from Stockton and Sutter Streets, San Francisco. After Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906. [In background; steel shell of skyscraper with wall, floor and roof structure seemingly intact. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2292: Mutual Life Insurance Company Building - A Ruin Among Ruins - San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906. [In foreground, partial facade of skyscraper with melted steel beams(?) hanging in shell. Smoke filled ruins surround it. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2293: From Under the Heavy Hand of Fate - City Hall, San Francisco After Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [City hall in background; dome structure partially collapsed, revealing steel structure with spiral staircase in center. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2294: Ashes for Beauty - San Francisco's Sacrifice to the Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906. [View across city, shell of Old Jewish Synagogue in foreground. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2295: Spectators Gaze with Awe on the Wreck of their Beautiful City - San Francisco After Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906. [Street with rail lines, crowded with pedestrians, horse-drawn wagons, an automobile; ruins of buildings line the street. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2296: The Hall of Justice - A Dark Sentinel Guarding the Dead in Portmouth Square, Where Some of the Victims Were Temporarily Buried - San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906. [View of damaged building. See Below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2297: A View Representing Financial Losses Untold - San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Disaster of April 18, 1906. [View across ruins of city, roads and rail lines seem intact, large blocks are leveled, most buildings are heavily damaged. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2298: Monuments to Man's Impotence - Cell Building in the Distance - San Francisco's Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906. [Close up view of ruined buildings. Description of earthquake and fire on back of photo.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1906.
  • PH194_006_2321: Cliff House and Seal Rocks, San Francisco, Ca., U.S.A. [View overlooking second of three Cliff Houses. Many-storied restaurant built in 1896 in the style of a French Chateau. Survived 1906 earthquake but burned to ground in 1907. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC California—San Francisco. DATE 1901.
  • PH194_006_2612: Courtney's Store and Post Office, Sheep Camp, Alaska. [2 copies] Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. No. 9212. [Tent settlement in snowy woods with store in foreground. Many goods on display including saws, tools, hay and feed. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Alaska—Sheep Camp. DATE 1898.
  • PH194_006_2613: Bound for the Klondike Gold Fields, Chilkoot Pass, Alaska. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. No. 9191. [Long line of men climbing Chilkoot Pass. In the foreground is Sheep Camp where the men divide their baggage into lots to carry to the summit. See below. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Alaska—Chilkoot Pass. DATE
  • PH194_006_2616: Sheep Camp from Store House, Alaska. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. No. 9209. [Near Chilkoot Pass, view of tent camp in snowy mountain area. Men in foreground stand and sit near sleds and bundles of goods. Men in background walk in long line up valley.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Alaska—Sheep Camp.
  • PH194_006_2618: Klondykers in Council. Copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley. No. 9197. [Man and woman with dog sit on sleds loaded with baggage. Another man stands nearby with rifle. Snow-covered mountain in background.] BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Alaska—Klondike region. DATE 1898.
  • PH200_053_2030: Mt. Hood, King Peak of the Northwest—a near view of its cloudswept crest, Oregon, USA. BY Keystone View Co.. LOC Oregon—Mount Hood, Hood River County. DATE 1904.