Department of Public Education. The Board of Education of the City and County of San Francisco Hereby Declare Emma E. Bower Entitled to the Honors of a Graduate of the San Francisco Commercial School.
San Francisco: Britton & Rey, 1890. 23" x 18". Linen-backed cream broadside printed in green, with name written in calligraphy and ink signatures. Signed by Britton & Rey in the plate. Horizontal fold lines; edges reinforced with clear archival tape; minor soil to borders. Good+.
The large, elaborately illustrated diploma of one Emma E. Bower, graduation class of 1890 from the San Francisco Commercial School. The illustration framing the text features a trio of women at the bottom, presumably representing knowledge, the arts and wisdom, with an eagle and a portrait of the city in the background; two columns labeled "Poesie" and "Philosophy", wrapped in banners bearing the names Fulton, Watt, Galilei, Michel Angelo, Guttenberg, and Daguere, with portraits of Shakespeare and Humboldt at each of their respective bases; and wreathed vignettes at the top of Franklin, Newton and Morse.
The San Francisco Commercial School later became the High School of Commerce.