I sure do remember the tradition of throwing calendar pages out of office buildings on December 31st. When we were teenagers we used to love to go over to Downtown San Francisco and walk shin deep through the piles of calendar paper on the sidewalks. It was a tradition that had to go, and it has. The last time I saw anything resembling it was in 1994, and it was nothing compared to New Year’s Eves of the past. These are a few pictures from the San Francisco Chronicle remembering ‘Street Sweepers Lament Day’ from past years. (Thumbnail images)
California Street near Montgomery, 1972:
260 California Street, 1991:
California Street, up from Kearny Street, 1980:
Montgomery Street near Pine Street, 1975: You can’t see much of the Pyramid Building from here anymore.
Sacramento and Montgomery Streets, 1981: