Taking the Tim Tour

vannessredo 1942 – The first of Japanese citizens to be relocated from the West Coast after Pearl Harbor gather at the Civil Control Administration Building at 2020 Van Ness. Taking a peek inside this old garage, it’s a remarkable feeling thinking how historic this building once was!

kezarredo 1957 – Kezar Stadium, the 49ers and the Lions, roof top room only: Kezar was demolished in 1989, but the playing field still exists. No roof top spectators though, for that game or mugging or whatever was happening down on the field when I took this photo.

magninsredouse The old entrance to I Magnin & Company at Union Square in the 1950’s, once THE place to shop in San Francisco.

maidenredouse Maiden Lane in the early 1960’s: Hey, it’s Holly Golightly!

haightashburyredouse 1967 – Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead at Haight Ashbury during “The Summer of Love.”: They don’t even bother putting a Haight-Ashbury sign on this corner anymore, it would be gone five minutes after being put in place!

A rainy Market Street day


Thomas Kinkade’s painting of Market Street between 4th and 5th on a rainy Nineteenth Century day, and what a rainy day at this location really looks like today. Although Kinkade’s paintings have an artistic nostalgia about them that never really existed, there are a couple of accurate images in his painting; the domed building at right center is the Call Building that survived the 1906 Earthquake, and was remodeled into the brow and white striped building now called Central Tower. The Gothic looking building directly across Market Street from the Call Building survives today, and can just be seen behind the trees on the left side of Market Street. (Thumbnail image)

The Embarcadero (1)


The Embarcadero conjures up images of ships sailing off to far away destinations, dangerous waterfront dives, unfortunate individuals being ‘Shanghaied’, and mysterious characters. It was like that once, in a long ago day, but now it’s just a pretty place to go bike riding. Still, sometimes if you go there at night, listen to the fog horns, and let your imagination run, it can be spooky and exciting. (Thumbnail image)

The Embarcadero (2)


Three aerial views of the Embarcadero at the Ferry Building: At the left, is part of George Lawrence’s incredible kite photograph of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. If you would like to see the whole picture, (and you should) click on the photo after the synopsis below. In the center is a 1940’s picture from Michael Corbett’s fine history of the San Francisco waterfront called ‘Port City’ At the right, is from a postcard I bought as a teenager. This is how San Francisco looked when I was in high school. Boy, I feel old!  (Thumbnail image)