Driving in the City

DriveDelmarredo Boy this baby’s a beauty; sleek, classy, sporty, and an adventure to drive around San Francisco with. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore! The 1953 Chevy Corvette is nice too! The lady was parked on El Camino Del Mar in Lincoln Park, one of the prettiest drives in San Francisco.

DrivepowellredoPowell and Sutter in the 1950’s: That little Nash on the left is as antiquated looking as the cable car!

drivejonesredoJones and California Streets on Nob Hill: Look at the behemoth! Where the heck would you park that tugboat today! That’s Grace Cathedral on the right on both pictures.

DriveMontgomeryredoMontgomery Street, the “Wall Street of the West” in the 1940’s; still just as busy today.

DriveMarketredoThe old Flood Building at Powell and Market in the 1950’s when Woolworth’s occupied the bottom floors.

DriveBushredoLet’s see, Bush at Montgomery, 1905; there’s probably ten cars in all of San Francisco, and that jerk still can’t park straight! That’s the old Mills Building on the left, one of the few downtown buildings that survived the earthquake and fire the following year.

Crime in San Francisco – Mission Dolores Park (Thumbnail image)


The following collection are crime scenes, both real and from the movies at San Francisco locations. In this remarkable photo from Hannah Clayborn’s ‘Historic Photos of San Francisco Crime’ Roman Rodriguez (sitting on the lawn between the police) reenacts the murder of 16 year old Hilda Pagan on March 25, 1952 at Dolores Park. As Pagan passed by him, he called her up to sit with him on top of the ledge at the left. Later, they climbed down to the lawn below to “embrace” where he beat and strangled her. The lady with her hands to her face may be Hilda’s mother. A top addition has been added to where the two sat, and it’s now the Dolores Park restroom.  DoloresMurderupdate Update, November 22, 2015: Since I took the top picture of the Hilde Pagan murder spot, the building where Roman Rodriguez murdered her has been demolished due to the Dolores Park renovations.

Crime in San Francisco


Joe Tanko, burglar, armed robber, and cop killer, was the most notorious San Francisco bad boy of his day. Caught and sentenced to jail in Los Angeles, he escaped and, stupidly, came back to San Francisco to resume his crime career where every policeman knew him. In a police raid in November, 1926 at upstairs 1378 McAllister, he was shot five times by a police officer he wounded, and died. It was said that the shots were so close to him his clothes caught fire. Over 10,000 citizens lined up to view his body. The next image is the location of the police raid on McAllister.

Crime in San Francisco – Rae Street


Another Hannah Clayborn photo: May 12th 1948 – Gunmen held two families hostage at 100 Rae Street, and demanded that the owner of the house retrieve money and drugs for them while they held the families. When the police arrived, two officers were gunned down, one in front of the squad car shown here, After escaping, all of the criminals were rounded up twelve hours later.  (Thumbnail image)

Crime in San Francisco – Steuart Street (Thumbnail image)


Preparedness Day Parade, July 22, 1916. During a parade along Market Street to encourage Americans to participate in World War l, a bomb placed in a suitcase at the Southwest corner of Market & Steuart Streets explodes killing ten people in the worst terrorist attack in San Francisco to date. Here, a crowd gathers in confusion after the blast, Some of the victims can be seen covered in sheets at the right near the bottom of the billboards. The crime was never solved. The bomb detonated just beyond the front of the white van at the right in the modern picture.