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San Francisco 1955
July 11, 2014 2:36 PM   Subscribe

A cinemascope film of San Francisco in 1955. "Highlights everything from the Cliff House (and the adjacent but long-defunct Sky Tram) to Fisherman’s Wharf — along with Telegraph Hill, City Hall, the Cable Car turnaround, a very squeaky ride down Lombard Street, the SF zoo, Golden Gate Park… and everything in between the (once record-breaking) spans of the Golden Gate and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges." (The tour of the city picks up again at 15:40.)
posted by DarlingBri (12 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wait, the Cliff House had a sky tram?! Why did this go away!
posted by jeffamaphone at 2:56 PM on July 11 [4 favorites]


I keep expecting the camera to pan to Jimmy Stewart.
posted by The Whelk at 3:01 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]


They slid right past the TL.
posted by jeffamaphone at 3:08 PM on July 11


This appears to be a better upload of the same material. It's still jittery and aliased, but at least it's full frame.
posted by anazgnos at 3:14 PM on July 11 [3 favorites]


Where are all the cars?!?!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 3:49 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]


This is so cool. My parents will get a kick out of this.

Not nearly as cool, but still pretty neat I think, is this 8mm footage shot by my grandparents while sailing on San Francisco Bay in 1970. The skyline is so different.
posted by brundlefly at 4:35 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]


Since I was last there around 1980, it's interesting that this is closer to the San Francisco I visited than the San Francisco of today.

I keep expecting the camera to pan to Jimmy Stewart.

I think that's him at 7:13.
posted by dhartung at 5:37 PM on July 11


I've been gone from San Francisco for 13 years, and I still miss it every day. No place like it.

I also didn't know about the tram...it looked wonderful.
posted by Sassenach at 6:05 PM on July 11


I just left another piece of my heart there.. thanks!
posted by MikeWarot at 6:45 PM on July 11


Oh hey, I saw this at one of Rick Prelinger's presentations at the Castro a couple of years ago. I didn't know it was available online.
posted by asterix at 10:21 PM on July 11


Double post?
posted by KatlaDragon at 7:50 AM on July 12


I was born in 1955 in San Francisco, thank you for this!
posted by lesssevere at 7:16 PM on July 12


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