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August 20, 2017

21 Amazing Colorized Photos That Show San Francisco in the 19th Century

These photos have been hand-tinted by using analyzed dyes and traditional brush methods by Bennett Hall. They captured street scenes and the infrastructure of San Francisco from the 19th century.

San Francisco Waterfront, 1850

Rincon Point, San Francisco, 1851

Samuel Kellett Storefront at 765 Market Street, ca. 1860s

San Francisco waterfront from Telegraph Hills, 1865

Waterfront below Telegraph Hill, 1865

Vallejo Street Wharf, viewing towards Telegraph Hill, 1866

Boat in Dry Dock from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, circa 1870

 Meiggs' Wharf, Telegraph Landing area, circa 1870

 Montgomery to Market Street, 1876

Fort Point and the Golden Gate, circa 1880

Hall of Records, San Francisco, circa 1880

 Hills Bros. Arabian Coffee & Spice Mills at the corner of Sansome and Sacramento Streets, circa 1880

Montgomery viewing to Market, Palace Hotel at end of the Street, circa 1880

 Telegraph landing warehouses, circa 1880

 Upper corridor of Palace Hotel, circa 1880

Palace Hotel in 1885

Pier 27, San Francisco waterfront, 1885

Market Street at Sansome, viewing east, circa 1890

The second Cliff House in the late 1890s

May Day at Sutro Baths, 1897

Civic Center Plaza, circa 1890



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