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August 8, 2020

Amazing Photos Capture Street Scenes of San Francisco in the Early 1970s

San Francisco in the 1970s was a global hub of culture. It was known worldwide for hippies and radicals. The city was heavily affected by drugs, prostitution and crime. Outcasts and the socially marginalized were attracted by a greater tolerance and acceptance of diverse cultures in the city.

San Francisco in 1970 and 1971

The city grew as one of world’s biggest centres for the LGBT community and LGBT rights. The rock music known as the San Francisco Sound was performed live and recorded by San Francisco-based rock groups of the mid-1960s to early 1970s. It was associated with the counterculture community in the city at the time.

Many skyscrapers were built in the city during this period. The city is also associated with West Coast jazz and was one of the major centers of jazz fusion which took off in the 1970s.

These amazing color photos were taken by Christopher Cirrincione that show street scenes of San Francisco in 1970 and 1971.

Powell-Mason cable car route on the Taylor Street turntable at Bay Street, 1970

California Street cable car route. View northeast on California Street between Kearny Street and Grant Avenue, 1970

PCC heading downtown on Market Street between Noe Street/16th Street and Sanchez Street/15th Street on a foggy early evening, 1970

PCC heading downtown on Market Street between Noe Street/16th Street and Sanchez Street/15th Street on a foggy early evening, 1970

Church Street at Market Street on the J-Line looking east, 1971

Market Street at 3rd Street_Geary Street looking northeast, 1971

Market Street at 3rd Street/Geary Street looking southwest, 1971

Market Street at 3rd Street/Geary Street looking southwest, 1971

Market Street at 5th Street/Eddy Street/Powell Street looking east, 1971

Market Street at Sanchez Street/15th Street in early evening

Market Street between Noe Street/16th Street and Sanchez Street/15th Street, 1971

Night view of Market Street at 3rd Street/Geary Street looking northeast, 1971

PCC heading downtown on Market Street approaching Sanchez Street/15th Street, 1971

PCC heading downtown on Market Street between Noe Street/16th Street and Sanchez Street/15th Street, 1971

PCC heading southwest on Market Street at 3rd Street/Geary Street looking northeast, 1971

PCC on Market Street between Noe Street/16th Street and Sanchez Street/15th Street, 1971

PCC on Market Street between Noe Street/16th Street and Sanchez Street/15th Street, 1971

PCC on the J-Line about to pass under the pedestrain walkway in Dolores Park at 19th Street looking north with Church Street in the middle background, 1971

PCC on the J-Line about to pass under the pedestrain walkway in Dolores Park at 19th Street looking north, 1971

PCC on Wawona Street at the end of the L-Line looking northwest, 1971

Powell Street at the end-of-line turntable at Market Street, 1971

Powell-Hyde cable car route. View east on Lombard Street at Hyde Street, 1971

Powell-Hyde cable car route. View south on Hyde Street at Lombard Street, 1971

Powell-Hyde cable car route. View south on Hyde Street from Lombard Street, 1971

Powell-Hyde cable car route. View southeast on Hyde Street at Lombard Street, 1971

View north on Powell Street between Bush Street and Sutter Street, 1971

View north on Powell Street just north of Market Street, 1971.

View north on Powell Street just north of Market Street, 1971

Wawona Street at the end of the L-Line looking east, 1971




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