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August 6, 2019

Amazing Color Pics Capture Street Scenes of San Francisco in the 1950s

San Francisco is a city in—and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of—Northern California. It is the 13th most populous city in the United States, and the fourth most populous in California.

San Francisco covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second most densely populated large U.S. city, and the fifth most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman's Wharf, and its Chinatown district. It is home to a number of educational and cultural institutions, such as the University of San Francisco (USF), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco State University (SFSU), the De Young Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Take a look at these amazing color pics to see how San Francisco has changed since the 1950s.

Street scenes of Chinatown, San Francisco, circa early 1950s

Grant Ave. at Sacramento looking north, Chinatown, San Francisco, 1951

The cable car on Powell crossing California, Chinatown, San Francisco, 1951

View down California St., Chinatown, San Francisco, 1951

San Francisco street scenes, 1952

San Francisco's Chinatown, 1954

Whitney's Cliff House, San Francisco, 1954

Market and Castro, San Francisco, circa 1955

Market Street, San Francisco, 1955

Streetscape on Nob Hill in San Francisco, 1955

Grant Avenue between Clay and Washington, Chinatown, San Francisco, 1956

Looking north on Grant Avenue from Sacramento Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, 1956

San Francisco, 1957

San Francisco, 1957

Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, 1958

San Francisco cable cars, 1958

St. Francis Westin Hotel, San Francisco, 1958

Powell Street, San Francisco, 1959

San Francisco street scenes, 1959

San Francisco street scenes, 1959

San Francisco street scenes, 1959 

Telegraph Hill from Lombard Street , San Francisco, 1959

China Town, San Francisco, circa mid-1950s

Cow Palace, San Francisco, circa mid-1950s

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, circa mid-1950s

San Francisco cable cars, circa mid-1950s

San Francisco cable cars, circa mid-1950s


  1. Imagine Commies, no degenerates pooping in the streets, no filth to be seen anywhere. What a beautiful place SF used to be!

  2. The Golden Age of San Francisco, where you could rent a very large two bedroom apartment for thirty dollars a month plus there were *no* bums, panhandlers, speed freaks, crack heads, pimps, hookers, drag queens homos and other degenerates anywhere in sight.
    To a great extent it was still like that when I lived there in the early - mid 70s. The bums and panhandlers were confined to Upper Haight Street in San Francisco and to Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Now the nuts run the insane asylum and you can't walk a block without being accosted by some bum panhandler, ranting speed freak, propositioning homo or other degenerate. How far the mighty city has fallen; from heaven to pure hell. But, that's what happens when you let liberals run things.

  3. Wow! Where's George Christopher when you need him?




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