The “real” streets of San Francisco

My last post was about the fictional ‘Streets of San Francisco’. This post is a tour of some of the real streets of San Francisco complete with real-life people, cars, cable cars, streetcars, buses, motorcycles, and a few other things I’m not too sure how to identify!

PTransFultonuseFulton Street: A streetcar and a motor bus at Fulton and 10th Avenue next to Golden Gate Park around 1920. I’ll bet MUNI would like to have that in their vintage streetcars and buses collection! (SFGate)

PTransGharardelliuseA chocolate truck at the Ghirardelli Building: This was taken at Larkin and North Point Streets, probably around the same time as the previous picture:

PTransValencisuseHap Jones legendary motorcycle dealership on Valencia Street, south of Market Street in the 1940’s. Hap opened his motorcycle sales business here in 1937. The motorcycle shop is gone now, and the building certainly does have a different look today! I hesitate to admit it, but I like it! (

PTransVJuseMarket Street at Grant Avenue looking east on August 14th 1945: San Francisco celebrates VJ Day ending World War Two. Next week will be the 73rd anniversary of this day. (San Francisco Library)

PTransTurkuseTurk Street Looking west from Mason, August 14th 1945: On the same day as the previous picture revelers climb the Winged Victory Statue that used to be about where I took the modern picture from. The triangle shaped building on the left in the vintage picture has only recently been demolished.

PTransWVictoryuse The Winged Victory Statue is now on the corner of Market and Montgomery Streets.

PTransMasoncableuseA cable car heading north on Mason Street near Greenwich in a Charles Cushman picture taken in 1957:

PTransCalluseMarket Street looking east near 4th Street in the mid 1960’s:

PTrans4thuseAnother view of Market Street looking east in 1967: These were taken between 4th and 5th Streets. That’s a lot of buses! I only got one in mine. (SFGate)

PtransPolkusePolk Street looking north from California Street in 1974: Mug Root Beer ads were on MUNI buses all over town back then, including one in a scene from the 1971 film ‘The Organization’ starring Sidney Poitier. (SFGate)

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