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December 27, 2013

20 Amazing Black and White Photographs of San Francisco From Between the 1940s and 1960s

With a landmark around every corner and a picture perfect view atop every hill, San Francisco might be the world's most picturesque city. And yet, the Golden City is so much more than postcard vistas.

It's a town alive with history, culture, and a palpable sense of grandeur best captured by a man known as San Francisco's Brassai, Fred Lyon. Walking the city's foggy streets, the fourth-generation San Franciscan captures the local's view in dramatic black-and-white photos— from fog-drenched mornings in North Beach and cable cars on Market Street to moody night shots of Coit Tower and the twists and turns of Lombard Street.

Below is a collection of stunning black and white photographs of San Francisco taken by Fred Lyon from between the 1940s and '60s.

(Images © Fred Lyon, via Shooting Film)


  1. Strange that they filmed the crawl for The Empire Strikes Back on the set of Star Wars.

  2. Not at all. That was shot in 1980 - long before there were computers with any kind of graphics power to do that stuff. Now, of course, you can do it with just about any PC and a $50 video editing program (Magix Movie Edit has this very feature!).

  3. Big Shark in Jaws what a movie

  4. Creativity and imagination brings out the best.

  5. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall starred in a movie called "Dark Passage." She had the neatest apartment in that movie, I would love to know where that was.




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