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norton

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This is the bookplate belonging to the former owner of a bunch of old books (1850s) on San Francisco I bought at an estate sale. After reading about the mudflood online, I pulled the books out to see if there were anything interesting in relation to that subject in them. This is the first thing I saw (I hadn't noticed it before); it weirded me out a little bit.

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BrokenAgate

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At the top is a river, lake, or ocean; at the bottom, a house. Houses buried under water? The triangular windows look like Masonic all-seeing eyes.
 

jd755

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At the top is the beach that met the first europeans at Yerba Buena at the bottom is the romantic view of what it became or would become or should have become from inside one house looking across to another.That's my take anyway
Or its simply the top view that the book owner would have seen were he one of those first people and the bottom is is actual view.
 

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