Prints Etc has a great collection of vintage and antique San Francisco postcards. From as early as the 1910’s, they tell a great story of the iconic city. Some are used and some are not. Even the used ones are fascinating because it’s a peek into an individual’s experience at the time. Some are from the world’s fair held on Treasure Island, some are from when San Francisco hosted the Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915. They depict the many landmarks that make San Francisco unique. Some are of Chinatown. Some are of cable cars. Some are of the bridges that were built with much fanfare in the 30’s, the Bay Bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco to the north. There is Lombard Street, know as ‘the crookedest street‘. Some of the older ones depict the city in ruins after the great earthquake and fire of 1906. They are really a treasure trove of relics and definitely worth stopping in the shop to peruse and even purchase to send to a friend.
Prints Etc has a design room for custom framing that dates back to 1957 and has a wide variety of choices
Prints Etc has a design room for framing that dates back to 1957. With an incredible collection of samples, you’re bound to find the perfect frame! When it comes to custom framing, almost anything can come through the door. This is why we have gathered such a wide variety of framing material samples. We have authentic Italian Louis XVI carved and gilded frames available for the masterpiece that needs a master frame. We have welded steel frames available that are fabricated in Oregon just for your piece. These work great on modern, undustrial artwork. We have high quality wood frames with unique corner designs that are made in the East Bay. These go incredibly well with craftsman style decor. Along with these specialty frames that are available, we have a lot to choose from that are many shades of wood, many shapes and sizes of black, and many more. Along with this selection are the mat board possibilities. We have silk, burlap, double thick and lots of colors! All custom framing materials are archival to protect your art for many years to come.
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We are really into our maps here at Prints Etc. This is one of our current favorites. This 1895 antique San Francisco map is before the fire of 1906, before the development of Diamond Heights and before the cemeteries were moved to Colma to make room for the burgeoning population. Considering that in 1847 there were only about 460 people in San Francisco you can imagine the enormity of the 1849 gold rush to grow such a city in such a short period of time! This map showed that San Francisco had become and would remain a great hub of commerce in America. This is in great shape and is a nice smallish size for framing to exhibit for you, your family and your guests to ponder the rich history of San Francisco and America. Visit the shop to see many more!