Sausalito: Windgate Press, 2001. 184p., index, fullpage captioned color plates throughout (lithos, hand-tintings and photos all expertly aligned, multiple images to a page with some shrewdly-chosen enlargements), b&w or sepia of course where called for. First edition oblong cloth boards10x12 inches, gilt-titled in color dj, jacket slightly edgeworn, a near-fine copy.
Superb collection, superb layout (items are related without jumbling, and with design variety), superb reproduction executed in Korea; "..the first postcard history of San Francisco ever published." Bonnett observes that Koch "has assembled a visual composite that scholarly histories often bypass. Selected from his vast postcard collection, SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN AGE POSTCARDS is punctuated with a generous sprinkling of related memorabilia, the artifacts and souvenirs of a time often called San Francisco's golden era. In these pages is a San Francisco made up of idealized, colorful views and brazen self-promotion and civic pride, exploitation of disaster and sentimental relection and humor.." Plenty of finely-realized images of the quake, the Panama-Pacific Exposition, and "Rare and unusual postcards of San Francisco neighborhoods in the early years of the twentieth century.. homes, schools, churches, and small businesses.."