The first series of pictures are from wartime San Francisco in 1943, and during the 2014 San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade. The City Hall is seen here during both the historic events.
Go, Giants! Go! Well, this is the place to be if they have to. I’m not too sure how we won the war with that cap less sailor in the middle on our side, but we did! The tall building in the back was the old Empire Hotel. The grass in this area is gone now and the comparison is a little bit off today because they were walking right where the San Francisco Main Library is now.
Market Street at Stockton: “Hey, dudes! Go Giants!”
This terrific World War Two photo was in front of the Telenews Movie Theater at 930 Market Street. The theater was located at what is now the edge of Hallidie Plaza. The 2014 Victory Parade was on Halloween, and the light rain falling didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm!
Another wonderful World War Two time capsule from Life Magazine at Turk and Market Streets along movie theater row;: Out of sight behind the Esquire Theater is where the Telenews Theater in the previous photo was.
The next series of pictures are from the Victory over Japan Day parade in August of 1945, and the San Francisco Giants first ever World Series Champions Parade in November of 2010. 7th & Market on VJ Day, and for the Giants Parade November 3rd 2010. Notice the Flood Building on the left side of Market, and the old Humboldt-Bank of America Building on the right side in both scenes. The brick streetcar island on the left in the modern picture is actually nearer to the center of Market Street for easier streetcar access. (Vintage footage by C.R. Skinner)
The old columned Hibernia Bank Building at Jones and Market Streets was a great place to watch both the VJ Day Parade and the 2010 Giants Parade. (Vintage footage by C.R. Skinner)
Watch the following series of pictures taken at McAllister and Market Streets. The girl in pink on the right doesn’t mind when her friend gets kissed, but when a sailor puts a cap on her head, bends her over and kisses her, she throws it back at him, angrily.
Giants fans watching the 2010 parade at the same spot where the young lady in pink fought so valiantly for her honor, long ago: (Vintage footage by C.R. Skinner)