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[Auto Insurance Adjuster Photo Archive]

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[Auto Insurance Adjuster Photo Archive]

350.00

A striking, small archive of images compiled by an early 20th Century automotive insurance adjuster with the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. of California. The majority of dated prints notated as "1912," with a single image, of a burned car dated 1908 with the notation: "J.R. Rausey Car / Burned Mar. 29/08 / Loss Paid Mar. 30/08" 

The majority of prints capture single, totaled automobiles, typically appearing to be casualties of fire (one with a large banner advertising Fireman's draped over the wreckage scene reading: "I AM INSURED / IN THE FIREMAN'S FUND INSURANCE / ARE YOU?") ; three appear to show the adjuster's car with lettering advertising the firm, and 9 enlarged views capture the aftermath of a fire at the Lattimore Paint Shop of Fresno, apparently an automotive paint shop, in August of 1912. 

A compelling group on disaster and an exceedingly early item on automobile insurance.

[Photography] : [Auto Insurance] : [Disaster]. [Auto Insurance Adjuster Photo Archive]. Various, including Fresno, California ; Tacoma, Washington: [1908-1912]. 35 black and white photographs, ranging in size from approximately 2 1/2" x 4" to 5" x 7." 3 prints loose, the balance adhesive mounted to rectos and versos of 5, loose brown paper album leaves. Notations throughout contents, typically to the page, sometimes over prints. Mild to moderate handling wear. About good.

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A striking, small archive of images compiled by an early 20th Century automotive insurance adjuster with the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. of California. The majority of dated prints notated as "1912," with a single image, of a burned car dated 1908 with the notation: "J.R. Rausey Car / Burned Mar. 29/08 / Loss Paid Mar. 30/08" 

The majority of prints capture single, totaled automobiles, typically appearing to be casualties of fire (one with a large banner advertising Fireman's draped over the wreckage scene reading: "I AM INSURED / IN THE FIREMAN'S FUND INSURANCE / ARE YOU?") ; three appear to show the adjuster's car with lettering advertising the firm, and 9 enlarged views capture the aftermath of a fire at the Lattimore Paint Shop of Fresno, apparently an automotive paint shop, in August of 1912. 

A compelling group on disaster and an exceedingly early item on automobile insurance.

[Photography] : [Auto Insurance] : [Disaster]. [Auto Insurance Adjuster Photo Archive]. Various, including Fresno, California ; Tacoma, Washington: [1908-1912]. 35 black and white photographs, ranging in size from approximately 2 1/2" x 4" to 5" x 7." 3 prints loose, the balance adhesive mounted to rectos and versos of 5, loose brown paper album leaves. Notations throughout contents, typically to the page, sometimes over prints. Mild to moderate handling wear. About good.