Some now and thens along #30

Well, yesterday was the last day of summer. Or is it today? It didn’t seem like much of a summer; I did make it to Disneyland, the Alameda County Fair was back, and I did take a lot of pictures around San Francisco. However, I spent most of my summer evenings at home, drinking beer and watching reruns of ‘Gunsmoke’. Wait a minute, it was a great summer! On the Sunday before Labor Day, I took an F Line streetcar (which was standing room only) to Fisherman’s Wharf, and took the Number 30 Muni Line along Stockton Street back to avoid the crowds. I got a window seat, and took some pictures of cross streets along the way back to Market Street. Later, I tried to find vintage pictures that closely matched the ones I took. Now and thens are a lot more difficult than then and nows for getting comparison pictures and they seldom line up perfectly, but there’s no better site on the internet to find pictures that match-up than

Broadway at Stockton Street in 1969: I was relatively close to where the older picture was taken, although a little further back, but I got a closer image of the Bay Bridge.

Looking down Clay Street from Stockton at the ruins of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake:

Looking down Post Street from Stockton toward Market Street in 1911:

Maiden Lane from Stockton Street in 1949: The Union Square Lounge, on the right in the vintage photo, was a favorite watering hole in the area for many years, and was seen in a number of films, such as ‘The Days of Wine and Roses’. The original entrance door to the Union Square Lounge can still be seen today in Maiden Lane behind a metal gate.


Looking down Geary from Stockton Street toward Market Street in 1912: You can see the Palace Hotel in the far background in both pictures.


Looking down O’Farrell Street toward Market in 1906; just after the earthquake and before the fire destroyed almost all of this area: The Call Building, now remodeled and called the Central Tower, survived the 1906 disaster and is at right center in both pictures.


Here, the #30 crosses Market Street from Stockton to 4th Street, and is where I got off the bus. The vintage picture from 1909 lines up pretty good with the shot I took through the bus window, and a lot of the buildings seen in the old photo, such as the Phelan Building, the Gothic Mutual Savings Bank Building, and the Call Building can still be seen.








3 thoughts on “Some now and thens along #30

  • The Call Building always seems to look dirty to me, even in its best pictures. Perhaps the upper floors were a darker color than the many lower floors. The architecture likely contributes to the illusion as well. All that architecture was so . . . distinctive back then. It certainly was pretty, but it can look spooky also.

    • The Call Building was the tallest building before and for years after the 1906 Earthquake, Tony, so some of the industrial smoke from the south of Market Street area may have been tainting the top part of the building. I think it looked spooky at times, as well, but also cool when it had that ornate crown. When it was remodeled in 1939, it lost a lot of its charm, and now looks more like the Daily Planet Building from ‘Superman’ comics.

      • So, it could have actually been stained by smoke? So, it is not just me looking at it wrong. It seems odd that something so ornate would be dirty. It still seems silly to me to see overly dressed people of the Victorian period in dirty places, like on the beach or on trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains, or walking around on the dirty street in big cities.

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