Saturday, January 25, 2014
Today I have two neat photos from San Francisco, taken in 1943 - right in the middle of the second world war.
After the great earthquake of 1906 destroyed so much of San Francisco, people thronged to the bars, cafes and nightclubs that could be found on Pacific Street (earning it the nickname "Terrific Street"). By World War Two, the place was already on the decline; in an effort to revitalize the area, two large signs reading "International Settlement" were erected. I love the sign advertising "Tire Ration Service".
Here's a postcard that must predate the photo. In 1957, the film Pal Joey starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak was shot on that street. Not long afterwards, the clubs and bars started to close, replaced with offices and warehouses.
Doing a street-view search on Google Maps shows this contemporary view. The building on the left still looks very much like it did in the first picture.
And how can you visit San Fran without seeing a cable car? This one is on Powell Street. Notice the brick-lined street - and the awesome old automobiles.