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What San Jose looked like in the 1910s Through Spectacular Historical Photos

In 1910 the population of San Jose was over 28,946. In 1914, Thomas Monahan was elected as the mayor of the city. East San Jose incorporated into San Jose, and Mount Hamilton became the starting point for the first motorbus line in the State.

Between 1900 and 1910, San Jose was a center of invention, innovation, and impact in both lighter-than-air and heavier-than-air flights. San Jose also became a center of innovation for the mechanization and industrialization of agricultural and food processing equipment during this period. John Montgomery and his peers led most of the activities. In honor of Montgomery, San Jose has established Montgomery Park, a monument at San Felipe and Yerba Buena Roads, and the John J. Montgomery Elementary School.

Here are some stunning historical photos of San Jose, California in the 1910s.

#1 House at 1345 Singletary, a Hester Tract home, 1917

House at 1345 Singletary, a Hester Tract home, 1917

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#2 Flood at W. Santa Clara St., San Jose California, 1911

Flood at W. Santa Clara St., San Jose California, 1911

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#3 Three story building/meeting place, 1910s

Three story building/meeting place, 1910s

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#4 Port San Say, Guadalupe River, San Jose 1910

Port San Say, Guadalupe River, San Jose 1910

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#5 1919, San Jose, East San Fernando, B. F. Walker bicycle shop, 1919

1919, San Jose, East San Fernando, B. F. Walker bicycle shop, 1919

Advertising in storefront window for Hudson Bicycles. Men can be seen standing inside the store. A man sits astride bicycle in front of the shop.

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#6 Flood at San Fernando & Locust Streets, San Jose, 1911

Flood at San Fernando & Locust Streets, San Jose, 1911

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#7 Hotel Montgomery, San Jose, 1913

Hotel Montgomery, San Jose, 1913

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#8 Fred Wolff’s grocery store, corner of San Carlos and Gifford Streets San Jose, 1910s

Fred Wolff's grocery store, corner of San Carlos and Gifford Streets San Jose, 1910s

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#9 Hester Tract house, front view, 1916

Hester Tract house, front view, 1916

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#10 View of courtyard, Pomeroy house, 1916

View of courtyard, Pomeroy house, 1916

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#11 Garden Theatre Fire, San Jose, California, 1917

Garden Theatre Fire, San Jose, California, 1917

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#12 San Jose Country Club, 1914

San Jose Country Club, 1914

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#13 C.P.S. (California Pacific School) vs. San Jose, 1911

C.P.S. (California Pacific School) vs. San Jose, 1911

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#14 70 East Julian, San Jose, 1910s

70 East Julian, San Jose, 1910s

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#15 Posters in San Jose, 1910s

Posters in San Jose, 1910s

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#16 View of courtyard, Pomeroy house, San Jose, 1911

View of courtyard, Pomeroy house, San Jose, 1911

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#17 Military parade in San Jose, 1910

Military parade in San Jose, 1910

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#18 Flooded State St. near Duane, San Jose, March 7, 1911

Flooded State St. near Duane, San Jose, March 7, 1911

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#19 C.P.S. (California Pacific School) vs. San Jose, 1911

C.P.S. (California Pacific School) vs. San Jose, 1911

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#20 Winchester home near San Jose, 1910

Winchester home near San Jose, 1910

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#21 State Normal School, San Jose, Santa Clara County, 1914

State Normal School, San Jose, Santa Clara County, 1914

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#22 Normal Cooking Class, San Jose State Normal School, 1913

Normal Cooking Class, San Jose State Normal School, 1913

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#23 San Jose State Normal School class in Household Chemistry, 1917

San Jose State Normal School class in Household Chemistry, 1917

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#24 University of the Pacific, San Jose, 1915

University of the Pacific, San Jose, 1915

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#25 Group portrait in front of the Chinese Methodist Episcopal Church, San Jose, 1910s

Group portrait in front of the Chinese Methodist Episcopal Church, San Jose, 1910s

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#26 Sarah E. Lester in front of her home on Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 1914

Sarah E. Lester in front of her home on Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 1914

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#27 Peter Quivey House, North Fourth Street, San Jose, 1915

Peter Quivey House, North Fourth Street, San Jose, 1915

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#28 Entrance State Normal School, San Jose, 1918

Entrance State Normal School, San Jose, 1918

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#29 Near First Street, San Jose (California), sowing the standing water across the entire street, 1911

Near First Street, San Jose (California), sowing the standing water across the entire street, 1911

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#30 Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 1911

Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 1911

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#31 Smith Creek Hotel, 1916

Smith Creek Hotel, 1916

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#32 San Jose-Los Gatos Interurban Rail, 1910

San Jose-Los Gatos Interurban Rail, 1910

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#33 First trip of the ship Sinaloa between Port San Jose and San Francisco, April 16, 1914.

First trip of the ship Sinaloa between Port San Jose and San Francisco, April 16, 1914.

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#34 View from DiFiore Canning Company, 1915

View from DiFiore Canning Company, 1915

The cannery was located on the north side of Stevens Creek Boulevard near the intersection of Leigh Avenue.

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#35 Looking south on Main Street, Mission San Jose, 1915

Looking south on Main Street, Mission San Jose, 1915

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#36 First St., looking south from Santa Clara, 1910

First St., looking south from Santa Clara, 1910

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#37 Santa Clara St., looking west from First, 1910

Santa Clara St., looking west from First, 1910

The electric light tower is prominent in the background, with a street car approaching to its left. Horse-drawn carriages travel the street. Herold's shoe store is on the left of the picture. A sign for "Eagles Celebration" hangs from the tower.

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#38 Fire House – East San Jose Fire Dept, 1910

Fire House - East San Jose Fire Dept, 1910

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#39 Willow Glen School, 1910

Willow Glen School, 1910

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#40 Williams & Krauss interior, San Jose, 1914

Williams & Krauss interior, San Jose, 1914

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#41 Letcher Garage located at 214-224 North First Street near St. James, 1914

Letcher Garage located at 214-224 North First Street near St. James, 1914

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#42 View of house from the street, 1911

View of house from the street, 1911

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#43 Maxwell’s Cyclery Storefront, San Jose, 1916

Maxwell's Cyclery Storefront, San Jose, 1916

Signage on storefront: Sporting Goods and Toy Vehicles, Imported Bicycles and Accessories, Sporting Goods, Fishing Tackle, Bicycles. Bicycles are displayed in windows on either side of door.

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#44 A.D.M. Cooper’s Studio, Twenty-first and Franklin, San Jose, 1915

A.D.M. Cooper's Studio, Twenty-first and Franklin, San Jose, 1915

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#45 Osen and Mc Farland Motor Company moved two doors to the north on North First Street in this San Jose, 1910s

Osen and Mc Farland Motor Company moved two doors to the north on North First Street in this San Jose, 1910s

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#46 Businessmen with Prunes for President Wilson, San Jose, 1918

Businessmen with Prunes for President Wilson, San Jose, 1918

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#47 Young Australian League at Vendome Hotel, 1911

Young Australian League at Vendome Hotel, 1911

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#48 Boiler Room, Los Gatos Cured Fruit Company corner Los Gatos and Almaden Road and San Jose-Los Gatos Road, 1914.

Boiler Room, Los Gatos Cured Fruit Company corner Los Gatos and Almaden Road and San Jose-Los Gatos Road, 1914.

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#49 Rose Carnival Parade, San Jose, 1910

Rose Carnival Parade, San Jose, 1910

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#50 Velma Bernal, second from left, American Can Company, San Jose, 1919

Velma Bernal, second from left, American Can Company, San Jose, 1919

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#51 Hansen boys standing on road outside of Winchester estate, 1910s

Hansen boys standing on road outside of Winchester estate, 1910s

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#52 Santa Clara St., Sacramento Car, 1911

Santa Clara St., Sacramento Car, 1911

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#53 Williams & Krauss at Alum Rock Avenue and Jones, East San Jose, 1910

Williams & Krauss at Alum Rock Avenue and Jones, East San Jose, 1910

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#54 Port San Say, Lake Monahan, Guadalupe River, 1915

Port San Say, Lake Monahan, Guadalupe River, 1915

In 1912 the Guadalupe River was dammed near St. John, and a recreational lake created. Small boats could be rented from Port San Say for an afternoon's pleasure." Located at Santa Clara Street near Delmas Avenue, San Jose.

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#55 Federal Telegraph Company’s San Pedro station, 1910

Federal Telegraph Company's San Pedro station, 1910

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#56 Eagle Brewery from the Park on Market Street north of San Carlos Streett, 1910

Eagle Brewery from the Park on Market Street north of San Carlos Streett, 1910

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#57 Corner of 13th and Santa Clara Streets, a View of House from the Road, 1910

Corner of 13th and Santa Clara Streets, a View of House from the Road, 1910

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#58 Hall of Records, Court House, and St. James Hotel, San Jose, 1915

Hall of Records, Court House, and St. James Hotel, San Jose, 1915

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#59 Tower of Jewels, San Francisco Worlds Fair, 1915

Tower of Jewels, San Francisco Worlds Fair, 1915

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#60 Flooding on San Carlos Street near Vine, March 1911

Flooding on San Carlos Street near Vine, March 1911

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#61 Germania Parade Float, San Jose, 1910

Germania Parade Float, San Jose, 1910

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#62 San Jose Court House, 1912

San Jose Court House, 1912

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#63 Washington Grammar School, San Jose, 1910s

Washington Grammar School, San Jose, 1910s

One of the original 4 grade schools in San Jose. One in each quadrant-Horace Mann High, Lincoln, Lowell, Washington, Longfellow. The big chimney fell through the west side of building in 1906 earthquake.

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#64 San Jose Foundry Machine and Blacksmith Shop employees, 1915

San Jose Foundry Machine and Blacksmith Shop employees, 1915

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#65 Group of eleven men and women gathered on or near two cars by the campus of San Jose State Teachers College, 1919

Group of eleven men and women gathered on or near two cars by the campus of San Jose State Teachers College, 1919

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#66 World War I Victory Parade, 1918

World War I Victory Parade, 1918

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#67 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

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#68 Bar-Room Scene, San Jose, 1913

Bar-Room Scene, San Jose, 1913

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#69 Treasure Island – Panama-Pacific Exposition building, 1915

Treasure Island - Panama-Pacific Exposition building, 1915

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#70 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

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#71 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

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#72 Saint Joseph’s Church, 1910

Saint Joseph's Church, 1910

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#73 Anderson-Barngrover Manufacturing Company Exhibit, 1915

Anderson-Barngrover Manufacturing Company Exhibit, 1915

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#74 Liberty Bell, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

Liberty Bell, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

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#75 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

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#76 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

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#77 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

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#78 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

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#79 Flooded 380 Park Avenue, 1911

Flooded 380 Park Avenue, 1911

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#80 South First Street flood, 1911

South First Street flood, 1911

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#81 Bonfire, possibly at Stanford University, 1910s

Bonfire, possibly at Stanford University, 1910s

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#82 Pacific Manufacturing Co, 1913

Pacific Manufacturing Co, 1913

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#83 Boxing at Blackberry Farm, 1910

Boxing at Blackberry Farm, 1910

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#84 Munson’s Pharmacy, 1918

Munson's Pharmacy, 1918

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#85 Residence of Congressman J. D. Phelan, Saratoga, 1914

Residence of Congressman J. D. Phelan, Saratoga, 1914

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#86 Kazi Gompa – Champethang, 1910s

Kazi Gompa – Champethang, 1910s

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#87 Back of McKinley statue, Court House and Saint James Park, 1910s

Back of McKinley statue, Court House and Saint James Park, 1910s

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#88 Osen and McFarland Motor Company, 1910s

Osen and McFarland Motor Company, 1910s

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#89 Two people rowing a boat past houses on flooded Viola Avenue. (Viola was between Market Street and Orchard Street (Almaden Road), 1911

Two people rowing a boat past houses on flooded Viola Avenue. (Viola was between Market Street and Orchard Street (Almaden Road), 1911

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#90 View of the Guadalupe River during flood of March 7, 1911 with buildings and Holy Family church dome in the background

View of the Guadalupe River during flood of March 7, 1911 with buildings and Holy Family church dome in the background

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#91 Trolley Car, First St. near Humboldt, 1911

Trolley Car, First St. near Humboldt, 1911

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#92 Horse and wagon hauling a large log, 1910s

Horse and wagon hauling a large log, 1910s

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#93 Norma in front of house, 1910

Norma in front of house, 1910

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#94 Lake County House and bar, 1910s

Lake County House and bar, 1910s

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#95 ADM Coopers studio, 1910

ADM Coopers studio, 1910

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#96 Ranch scene with cows and family members, 1915

Ranch scene with cows and family members, 1915

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#97 North-western Pacific Train and Depot, Marshall, 1915

North-western Pacific Train and Depot, Marshall, 1915

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#98 Female Institute, 1917

Female Institute, 1917

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#99 Stanford Memorial Church, 1910s

Stanford Memorial Church, 1910s

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#100 The Keystone Company, 1910

The Keystone Company, 1910

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#101 Alviso shipyard, 1915

Alviso shipyard, 1915

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#102 Lick Observatory and Buildings, Mount Hamilton, 1910s

Lick Observatory and Buildings, Mount Hamilton, 1910s

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#103 National Bakery, 1910s

National Bakery, 1910s

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#104 A.D.M. Cooper Home, 1910

A.D.M. Cooper Home, 1910

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#105 South First Street Looking North March 7, 1911

South First Street Looking North March 7, 1911

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#106 Scene with bikes, cars, people, buildings, 1910s

Scene with bikes, cars, people, buildings, 1910s

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#107 A Country Home Gilroy, 1910

A Country Home Gilroy, 1910

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#108 Southbay Yacht Club, 1914

Southbay Yacht Club, 1914

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#109 Pagoda & Carousel, 1915

Pagoda & Carousel, 1915

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#110 Brick building, possibly Naval hospital, 1910s

Brick building, possibly Naval hospital, 1910s

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#111 First St. near Humboldt, March 7, 1911

First St. near Humboldt, March 7, 1911

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#112 House in New Almaden, 1910

House in New Almaden, 1910

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#113 Jefferson School group with teacher, 1912

Jefferson School group with teacher, 1912

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#114 Viola Avenue was between Market Street and Orchard Street (Almaden Road), and Auzerais Avenue and Balbach Street, 1911

Viola Avenue was between Market Street and Orchard Street (Almaden Road), and Auzerais Avenue and Balbach Street, 1911

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#115 Father Catala’s Room, Mission Santa Clara, 1915

Father Catala's Room, Mission Santa Clara, 1915

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#116 Pomeroy house, view of the front and side of the house, from the street, 1911

Pomeroy house, view of the front and side of the house, from the street, 1911

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#117 Sarah Brown Home on Bohlman Road, 1915

Sarah Brown Home on Bohlman Road, 1915

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#118 Fredericksburg Brewery Engine Room, 1910

Fredericksburg Brewery Engine Room, 1910

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#119 Ostriches in Alum Rock Park, 1919

Ostriches in Alum Rock Park, 1919

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#120 Lightston Adobe, 1910s

Lightston Adobe, 1910s

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#121 Flooded South Orchard St., March 7, 1911

Flooded South Orchard St., March 7, 1911

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#122 Bicycle store, 1910s

Bicycle store, 1910s

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#123 Palmer Home, 1910

Palmer Home, 1910

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#124 J. F. Pyle & Sons Cannery, corner of Martha and Fifth, 1915

J. F. Pyle & Sons Cannery, corner of Martha and Fifth, 1915

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#125 University of Santa Clara Faculty Building, 1913

University of Santa Clara Faculty Building, 1913

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#126 Horse-drawn carriage on flooded Pierce Avenue, 1911

Horse-drawn carriage on flooded Pierce Avenue, 1911

Pierce Avenue was between Market Street and Orchard Street (Almaden Road), and Balbach Street and Colfax Street.

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#127 Buildings Near Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton, California, 1910s

Buildings Near Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton, California, 1910s

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