Saturday, February 16, 2013
Let's set the Wayback Machine to March 14th, 1943! San Francisco, California, to be exact.
Here's a terrific color photo looking up Market Street (near the corner of Mason, for those of you programming your Wayback Machines). I just love this vintage scene of city hustle and bustle. Streetcars and Cable Cars share the street with plenty of beautiful old automobiles. The yellow cab is just the perfect accent! The Esquire Theater is showing a Joe E. Brown flick along with a Three Stooges comedy. Down at the end of the street you can see the famous tower of the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero.
Here's a Google Maps street view grab of what the area looks like today. Different for sure, but there are still some familiar buildings from the first photo.
Our photographer pivoted to his (or her) left and caught the "Pepsi Cola Center for Servicemen", with plenty of sailors milling around out front. I've seen pictures of this in black and white, so it is fun to see it in color, with those striking red columns. It has a "World's Fair" style to it! Colorful flags of many nations festoon the building's upper floors.
This photo is from Google's street view(it has a credit to Michele Aiello), this was about as close as I could get to matching the photo above. Again, not so terribly different, much to my surprise.