Faded Photos of San Francisco

Posted in personal, san francisco at 10:29 am by danvk

Richard over at Sparkletack recently wrote about the Charles Cushman Photograph Collection, which includes hundreds of pictures of San Francisco from the 1930′s to the 1960′s.

The images offer a fascinating tour of San Francisco history, from Chinatown in 1952

to hippies on Haight street in 1967:

The real coup, though, is to find an image of your own block or apartment from the photographic past. To that end, I’ve put the Cushman images which include a street address on a Google map. There aren’t any pictures here from my block, but maybe you’ll be luckier! Here’s the map:

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If you catch the old photo bug, the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection is another great place to look. Here’s a photo I found of my block in 1926:

Just look at those cars!


  1. Richard Miller (Sparkletack) said,

    August 18, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Thanks again for this, Dan … and if you’ve got a hollow leg for historical shots of San Francisco, there are even more photo links in the Sparkletack “Rummage through history” section. Enjoy …

  2. Craig said,

    August 19, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Can take a mondern day one of your block to compare?

  3. Craig said,

    August 19, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Can take a modern* day one of your block to compare?