San Francisco February 20, 2018
These 10 Nostalgic Photos Of North Beach Will Have You Longing For The Good Old Days
North Beach, especially Little Italy, holds a special place for many San Franciscans. North Beach has become one of San Francisco’s main nightlife districts as well as always being a focal point of cultural activity. Take a look at how much North Beach has changed over the years. Do you remember any of these places? Let us know!
1. Early settlement, 1856.
One of the earliest views of North Beach from Telegraph Hill. The photo dates from 1856.
2. Hilltop view, 1924.
Another early shot of North Beach looking down Powell street from the Fairmont Hotel taken in 1924.
3. North Beach Intersection, 1945.
The central intersection of North Beach at Columbus & Broadway in 1945. This has always been a busy and central focal point of the neighborhood.
4. A city favorite, 1948.
Swensen's opened in 1948, and the city was never the same. The famous ice cream shop opened at Hyde & Union.
5. Vintage cars, early 1950s.
The classic and unmistakable cars of the 1950s. Pictured is Columbus Avenue anywhere from the late 40s or 1950s.
6. North Beach nightclub, 1950s.
North Beach has always been known for clubs and bars. This is the Tin Angel, a North Beach nightclub, in the late 1950s.
7. Italian markets, 1955.
The now closed Rossi's Market that was located at 627 Vallejo Street. This picture dates from January 1955.
8. Beatnik scene, 1959.
North Beach was a central and pivotal place for the beat writers of the USA. Here we see Poet Bob Kaufman reading his first book at the Coffee Gallery on Grant Avenue in 1959.
9. Caffe Trieste, mid-1960s.
North Beach was always a happening place. The leader of San Francisco's Hells Angels is pictured here in the mid-1960s at Caffe Trieste.
10. Little Italy, 1974.
Little Italy is often associated with North Beach and vice versa. This is Caffe Trieste, in June 1974. Whether it is the food, history, culture, or people you'll always find a piece of Italy in North Beach.
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