These are a few more of my favorite then and nows from postings in the past. Some of them are a favorite because I liked the way they turned out, some of them because they were fun to do, and some of them because they were an adventure.
“Hippie Hill” in Golden Gate Park in 1967: “Save up all of your bread, and fly Trans Love Airways to San Francisco U.S.A.” George Harrison and Pattie Boyd sat on this hill while George played a few songs with a borrowed guitar in 1967.
The old Hall of Justice on Kearney Street in 1958 from a Charles Cushman photo: Both pictures were taken from Portsmouth Square. This building appeared regularly in television shows such as ‘Lineup’ and ‘Ironside’, and many crime pictures like ‘Impact’. ‘The Man Who Cheated Himself’ and ‘The Lady from Shanghai’. The old hall was demolished in 1967.
Kearny Street at Fresno Alley as it climbs Telegraph Hill in the 1940’s from a Fred Lyon picture: It’s still quiet around here today, but kids don’t slide down the street anymore and the view that fellow is enjoying is a lot different today.
Two aerial views of Market Street from the Ferry Building at the end of the 1960’s: The bottom picture is from a postcard I bought when I was in high school.
A football game between the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers at Kezar Stadium in 1957: I hope that was just wholesome fun and not a mugging that I failed to report in my picture. (SF Chronicle)
Two members of the posse that shot Bonnie and Clyde to death at this spot earlier that day pose for a picture: This is on a lonely road outside Gibsland, Louisiana. The road winding away behind them is where Bonnie and Clyde drove up the hill to this spot here where they were ambushed.
Stunned and confused people at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd 1963, shortly after President John Kennedy was shot passing through here: This November will be the 55th anniversary of that day.
A one armed officer from the army tries to recruit Harold into joining while shell shocked, crippled and blind veterans pass by up on Sutro Heights in the black comedy from 1971, ‘Harold and Maude’.
Well, that’s just rude! Ray Harryhausen’s giant octopus gobbles up the Golden Gate Bridge in the movie ‘It Came from Beneath the Sea’ from 1955.
Candlestick Park in the 1960’s, and on two visits that I made to the old stadium in 2014 and in 2015, shortly after it was demolished.
The Bride of Frankenstein (Elsa Lanchester) and the Hunchback of Notre Dame (Charles Laughton) at the Main Street Cinema in Disneyland in the 1950’s: (Disneyland, the First Quarter Century)
Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park: I went out on that rock in July of 2016, but I didn’t go all the way to the edge like this fellow. I like to say that it was because there was no one there to take my picture, but I think it was more than that. As of this writing, Yosemite is being evacuated now due to a major fire.
Police question Roman Rodriguez after he murdered Hilda Pagan in Dolores Park in 1952, from Hannah Clayborn’s collection of historic San Francisco pictures. A top portion was added to the building where the murder occurred and was a restroom and snack bar when I took my picture. The building was demolished in 2015. I’ve always wondered if the lady with her hands to her face was Hilda’s mother.
People lining the walkways of the Golden Gate Bridge to watch ships returning home at the end of World War Two in 1945: I was lucky enough to catch a similar looking fog when I took my picture. (Images of America Series)
The USS Tennessee sails into the Bay under an unfinished Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930’s, and the battleship USS Iowa sails out to the Pacific Ocean under the bridge in May of 2012: This was almost certainly the last time a battleship will sail under the Golden Gate Bridge.
I always liked this bustling picture taken at Divisadero and California Streets in the early 1900’s from the San Francisco History Room collection. They spelled Divisadero wrong, or maybe they spell it wrong today.
Downtown San Francisco burning during the 1906 Earthquake and Fire: My picture was taken from the St. Francis Hotel.
My best friend ‘Danny’ picking up the scent of Buffalo Bill’s horse at Ocean Beach near the Cliff House: (William F. Cody Archive)