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San Francisco Market Street by chateaugrief San Francisco Market Street by chateaugrief

This is Market Street in San Francisco,  the light building is the Bank of America building, and the darker one is the James C. Flood building.  Best fun fact about the Flood building was that between 1915 and 1922 it contained the Pinkerton Detective Agency, employing one lowly hard-drinking chain-smoking minion, S. Daschiell Hammett, private eye.

Couple of bios here:

Alan Pinkerton  was born in 1819 in Glasgow Scotland, and came to the us in 1842, where he immediately started foiling train robberies.  This brought him to the attention of Abraham Lincoln, not, presumably during a train ride to Gettysburg.  Lincoln tasked Pinkerton with setting up a spy infiltration program of the Confederacy, later called the Intelligence Service, and today is known as the US. Secret Service. This did not get in the way of Pinkerton’s enthusiasm for catching train robbers, particularly one Jessie James.  Pinkerton tracked James to his uncle’s home in Missouri and lobbed grenades into it, killing a bunch of innocent people, Pinkerton then burned the house down.  The Missouri people were not happy with this and took the battle to the State legislature, intending to declare James a hero and offer him amnesty for all crimes he was accused of, and were defeated politically.  Somehow in all of this, James struck some sort of fear of God into Pinkerton and Pinkerton dropped his chase of James forever.  The one that got away.  James was eventually assassinated at his breakfast table by agents of the Missouri governor.  Not long after that, Pinkerton slipped on the sidewalk and face planted himself into the concrete, biting his tongue.  He died of gangrene a few days later.  

The Pinkerton Detective agency was formed in 1850, in a Chicago, Illinois Masonic Lodge. After checking out their business plan with the major railroad magnates, they secured a mandate from the DOJ to become a federal police force. What could possibly go wrong, politicians? By 1893, US Congress had passed the Anti-Pinkerton Act, which prohibited this extremely competent little private army from further employment by the US Government. Didn’t matter, they just hopped payroll to possibly the toughest son-of-a-gun ever to live: Henry Clay Frick of Carnegie Steel, the man that bullets couldn’t put down and who had a problem with trades unions.  The attempted assassination of Frick is nearly unbelievable.  After the all out war (the Homestead Strike ) where he hired the Pinkertons to gun down his striking steel workers, the Anarchist movement, which would eventually assassinate a couple of Hapsburgs  (no one has heard of WWI) sent an operative to kill Frick.  He carried a revolver and a sharpened steel file(which was a political statement, they would do the same thing six years later to Elisabeth of Bavaria, Empress of Austria ).  One day, the assassin, Alexander Berkman  , walked into Frick office, shot him twice in the jugular. Frick launched himself over his desk and tackled the man.  The assassin then stabbed Frick 4 times the the file.  Frick subdued the guy and handed him off to his clerks with the simple directive “Don’t shoot.  Leave him to the law.”  The Law, however set the assassin free and he went on to bomb parades in San Francisco (killing 10), incite more deaths of union strikers(killing 26), overthrow the government of Russia(do I need to give the number dead in the Bolshevik Revolution?), until the Jewish Anarchist Federation of New York took him out of circulation for a while by getting him to write their books since they saw him as an excellent messenger of their ideas: ‘The ABC of Communist Anarchism, 1929 Vanguard Press’.  Unable to kick the violence habit, Berkman eventually shot himself in the heart.  Frick, meanwhile, was back at work within the week after the assassination attempt.  Slap a bandage on that.  Carnegie Steel wasn’t going to run itself. Unlike everyone else in this tale Frick died in his own home peacefully of old age and sheer stubbornness.  

So you get the general misé en scene that Dashiell Hammett  was drawing inspiration from.    Hammett himself was an ardent Communist and was eventually imprisoned for putting together a group of I quote: “millionaire communist sympathizers” in order to overthrow Harry S. Truman, US. govt. etc.  He managed not to kill himself or anyone else that he wasn’t supposed to (did fight in WWI and WWII). And he died of lung cancer in 1961 while putting bread on the table with book after book of his famous Thin Man series.  This was Sam Spade.  This was San Francisco.  

This was…the James C. Flood building.  

It’s a balmy night on Eynhallow and all the clocks are striking thirteen.  Merry Christmas. 

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NikiGerrier Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those lights look lovely and festive! Wonderful work!
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Ivseese Featured By Owner May 17, 2018
:) Your painting work is beatiful!!!
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A-Hippocampus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Ah- the Christmas lights look so pretty!
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Shesvii Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding painting, I love every little detail.
The atmospheric perspective is stunning.
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Gogomechy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Great picture.  Love that even though you describe a lot of history in the write up, you made the scene contemporary; time marches on.  

I knew that the anarchists were a serious movement a hundred years ago, the sort of bogey-man that Islamic terrorists are today.  Even engaging in the same sort of activities.  Interesting that one hears from right-wing sorts about how in the good old days we didn't let criminals get away with things, but your story of Berkman illustrates that the past is not as they imagine it.  
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Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, so pretty! I like the lights on the trees, and it even has a reflection on the road! The whole picture is just really beautiful.
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Amethyst-Phoenixx Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!! :love: :love: :love: 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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ratinrage Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
 :clap: 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Arostralia Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
this is so breath-taking 1!! ! ! i can see all the work and thought you put into this! !
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Halfway through the windows I was thinking 'oh boy, what have I gotten myself into!'  
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Ivladislaw Featured By Owner Edited Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work :)  I see the volume when I look at this work, especially when I see street lighting.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I keep staring at it and wanting to improve but not knowing where...
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RossiTorres Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017   Digital Artist
Amazing! 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Mana1980 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!!!
Seems a real photo :) (Smile) 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Student Filmographer
pretty
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thanks!
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student Filmographer
your welcome
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love how you did the lighting on this :love:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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whitedragonblue Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
It's very cool, I love it!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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MrNintendoNerd24 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
Cool ^^
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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You're welcome ^^
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Rose-Hunter Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice

I really like the lights
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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you're welcome!
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CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
Gosh... the buildings have windows!!!  Wow!!!!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
lotsa windows...more on that later....
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Magnificent work.  :heart:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Bcfoster20 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Student Photographer
Wow this is sooo amazing
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thanks!
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Bcfoster20 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student Photographer
Welcome
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Love the lights 
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thanks!
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FrerinHagsolb Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
Very amazing, as always! :la: Keep up the awesome work!
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thanks!
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charmedangel61 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful
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thanks!
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np
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