Around four years ago I found a website with a large number of vintage San Francisco pictures at skyscraper.com. I kept busy tracking down the locations and taking pictures for updates for three posts. Last week I found a website featuring vintage San Francisco photographs from the San Francisco Public Library archive. Seeing as how their archive has 39,395 vintage pictures of San Francisco, I’ll likely be scouting out some of these locations for a long time, as well. You know, like for the rest of my life. Most of the photographs aren’t dated, and some of them aren’t the best quality, but like opensfhistory.org, it’s as good as it gets for anyone interested in vintage San Francisco images. (Thunbnail images)
Where Greenwich Street used to cut into the Embarcadero in the 1950s, looking toward Pier 23: The Tin Angel looks like some kind of a jazz dive. Greenwich stops at Battery Street now at Levi Plaza.
The Tivoli Theater at 70 Eddy Street during the 1920s: Eddy Street here, another strēt interruptus, doesn’t cut through to Powell and Market Streets anymore because of Hallidie Plaza. The old Emporium Department Store, now Bloomingdale’s, is in the far background.
Union Square Garage parking attendants during the 1940s, the decade the garage was built.
A guard tower on Alcatraz during the island’s history as a federal penitentiary, and in July of 2021, the last time I was out there.
Some kind of auto parade on Market Street at Stockton during the 1950s:
Broadway at Montgomery Street, looking west during the 1940s: The Broadway Tunnel in the far background hadn’t been built yet. I got a pretty good line up on this, considering as how I’m not as quick running out of the middle of busy streets as I used to be.
One block west from the previous picture is Broadway at Kearny Street in 1929. Although I’m a block closer to the Broadway Tunnel than Montgomery Street, the tunnel looks farther away because I used my iPhone for the shot, which works better with shadows sometimes.
The Army Port of Embarkation at Pier 15, closing down at the end of World War Two: Job well done! So many soldiers passed through here to theaters of World War Two, and a lot of them never came back.