San Francisco November 08, 2016
10 Rare Photos From San Francisco That Will Take You Straight To The Past
There’s something special and powerful about the nostalgia rush that comes with viewing an old photograph. San Francisco has a colorful history marked with social changes, cultural shifts, musical movements, and geological action. These photos run the gamut from the last 110 years. The moments caught on camera cover memorable yet intense moments in the history of San Francisco. Take a stroll down memory lane with these 10 rare photos that will take straight to the past!
1. Unrest in Downtown San Francisco
This photo captures a pro-Union meeting on July 4, 1861 at the corner of Montgomery and Market Streets. This represents the very early days of California history.
2. Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show
In September of 1902, this photo was taken of showman "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his traveling Wild West Show on San Francisco's Ocean Beach.
3. Pre-1906 Earthquake San Francisco
Just days before the 1906 SF earthquake, cinematographer William Harbeck captured footage and pictures of a San Francisco cable car's trip down Market Street.
4. Chilling Post-Earthquake Damage from 1906
Taken in 1906, this photo looks down from Nob Hill and across the devastated Civic Center area. San Francisco looks unrecognizable—this is truly chilling.
5. The "Original" Cliff House
Here's a shot of the original Cliff House, before it was destroyed by fire in 1907. The 1896 Cliff House survived the 1906 earthquake with little damage, but burned to the ground on the evening of September 7, 1907, after existing for only 11 years.
6. Very Early San Francisco
This is a rare photo from March 21, 1916, proving the transportation infrastructure of San Francisco was already quite extensive even 100 years ago.
7. World War II Aircraft
This rare photo from 1948 is a reminder of the tremendous aircraft production achieved during World War II.
8. Old Spaghetti Factory
The Old Spaghetti Factory was located in a North Beach building that had been a pasta factory until 1955 when it was converted into a restaurant. This photo is believed to be from the mid-1950s, though there is controversy about the exact date.
9. Musical Heyday in the 1960s
Here's a shot of Janis Joplin with Big Brother in 1966, at the height of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene.
10. Bay Bridge After the 1989 Earthquake
In this photo taken Oct. 17, 1989, a California Highway Patrol Officer checks the damage to cars that fell when the upper deck of the Bay Bridge collapsed onto the lower deck after the Loma Prieta earthquake.
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