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Amazing Mid-century Photographs of San Francisco

Parking on the steep hill just below the Mark Hopkins hotel
Market & Powell, 1952

Market & Powell, 1952

Longshoreman's Hangout, 1947

Longshoreman’s Hangout, 1947

Incline Stride, 1959

Incline Stride, 1959

Herb Caen, 1953

Herb Caen, 1953

Foggy Night at Land's End, 1953

Foggy Night at Land’s End, 1953

Ferry Building, San Francicsco

Ferry Building, San Francicsco

Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill

Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill

Coit Tower, Castle Street, 1947

Coit Tower, Castle Street, 1947

Chinatown phone booth at the corner of Grant Avenue and California Street

Chinatown phone booth at the corner of Grant Avenue and California Street

Children street sledding down steep hill, North Beach, San Francisco, 1952

Children street sledding down steep hill, North Beach, San Francisco, 1952

Cable Car Thrill Rider, 1946

Cable Car Thrill Rider, 1946

Cable Car line, San Francisco

Cable Car line, San Francisco

Boys playing ball game

Boys playing ball game

Bocce Ball, Aquatic Park, 1958

Bocce Ball, Aquatic Park, 1958

Clown at a Barbary Coast strip club in San Francisco

Clown at a Barbary Coast strip club in San Francisco

Ballet class for young dancers.

Ballet class for young dancers.

Artist Jean Varda's ferryboat home and studio

Artist Jean Varda’s ferryboat home and studio

Aerial view of the Bay Bridge with seagull

Aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge with seagull

Aerial view of San Francisco's Ocean Beach faces west across the Pacific to the Orient

Aerial view of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach faces west across the Pacific to the Orient

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge painter walking up main cable, 1947

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge painter walking up main cable, 1947

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Steven Otero
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What is the theater playing Ida Lupino’s ” Not Wanted ?

Steven Otero
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Does anyone know the theater playing “Not Wanted ” Ida Lupino ?

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Great collection.

Ehrman Armstrong
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I was born in St. Francis hospital in 1937 and lived in a 3rd floor walkup on Oak St. facing the Panhandle. I remember the cables and at one point, broken store windows after a quake. As a child, I loved the ferry to Oakland and Golden Gate Park. Sadly, we left in 1945, but at least it was to lovely Oregon.
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Lew Gibbs
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This retired Sailor enjoyed the pictures. I have been in the city many, many times from 1955-2007. They brought back many memories. Thank you.

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