Pavement bricks and damaged trolley tracks appear amidst what would otherwise seem a standard San Francisco street scene, with buildings undamaged by fire and the earthquake. The photographer's negative number, 68, shows in the lower left corner, suggesting that this one of a series of pictures taken to illustrate the havoc. Well-dressed figures stand on the street and sidewalks. Photographs of this type were often taken to document damage for insurance purposes. After a major tragedy, such images became marketable.