My hope in creating this blog is to learn more about the history of Risdon Iron Works. But a blog about such a narrow topic could very well have a short shelf life. So its perfectly okay with me to talk about other aspects of San Francisco waterfront history including its contributions to shipbuilding and heavy manufacturing, or even the relationship of its historical heritage to present-day development plans. Also, the photos in the James A. Brandt collection demonstrate the diversity of industrial manufacturing along the turn-of-the-century San Francisco waterfront and the contributions made by the companies that operated here to the development of the West. I’d like to learn more about this history, too. So if you also have an interest, don’t be shy.
James A. Brandt Photograph CollectionThe James A. Brandt Photograph Collection consists of almost 350 black and white photographic prints. The majority were taken at the Risdon Iron Works in the early 1900's and include pumping systems, steam engines, mining equipment, ship repairs, boilers, water wheels and the ferries that plied San Francisco Bay. Other photos include scenes from pipeline projects in the Central Valley and a few personal moments hunting and camping in California. About 1915, Brandt captured a near-identical image of Eadweard Muybridge's 1872 photograph of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.