Ridin’ the Rails (5)


Muni, eventually, took over the cable car system as well, and it’s still part of the Municipal Railway. This is on California between Stockton and Grant. The spot where the No Parking sign is in the old picture was where the Trafalgar Building, apparently, recently demolished by the time this 1951 photo was taken, was located. Just four years before the vintage picture was taken, the opening scenes from Bob Hope’s ‘My Favorite Brunette’ were filmed here. (Thumbnail image)

Farewell to the ‘Stick

candlestickgoneuse Candlestick Park, long ago, and all that’s left today:

Candlestickuse Candlestick Park getting ready for opening day:

Amberuse I got a chance to tour Candlestick Park one last time before it closed forever.

Touchdownmeuse “Touchdown 49ers!” They didn’t need me.

montanaclarkbloguse  Joe Montana to Dwight Clark in 1982, “The Catch”. Easily, the San Francisco 49ers greatest moment at Candlestick Park. “The Catch” was where the ‘N’ is in the picture on the right.

beatlesuse The Beatles played their last live concert here, (If you don’t count the Let It Be concert on the top of Apple Studios) in 1966. Paul McCartney came back in August of 2014 to close out Candlestick with a concert.

Pressboxuse A view of Candlestick from the Mezzanine Level in the 1962 film ‘Experiment in Terror’. The movie’s denouement was filmed at Candlestick Park during an actual Giants and Dodgers baseball game.

Rosmartinuse Ross Martin plays a kidnapper shot dead on the pitcher’s mound of Candlestick Park in ‘Experiment in Terror’. This was the comparable view after the park was enclosed for football

August 14, 1945 & August 14, 2015 – VJ Day (1)


VJ Day on August 14, 1945 and San Francisco celebrates the end of World War Two on Market Street. Truth be told, although these rare color film images are historic and fun to look at, this eventually got out of hand, and continued for two more days after these pictures, resulting in a number of rapes, and 13 deaths. Here, at 7th and Market Streets, the Victory Parade approaches. Among some of the buildings still seen from here today are the peaked Humboldt Building on the right side of Market Street, and the Flood building on the left side of Market across from the Humboldt. (Vintage footage by C.R. Skinner – Thumbnail image)