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War News: 1941

War News: 1941

December 8, 1941. "Corner of Montgomery and Market streets. Monday morning after Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

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This is the corner of Sutter and Kearny (not Montgomery and Market) looking west up Sutter. Strangely enough, every building in the photo still survives.

Looks familiar

I was just on this corner about a half hour before I saw the image. It actually looks pretty much the same, as far as the environment goes--the alien light isn't there any longer, but the decorative lamppost behind it is, and many of the building façades are still there. (Though the "Goldberg Bowen" sign is not.) Very interesting detail about the fire hydrant, StanF!

The Call Bulletin

One of the papers on the rack is the Call Bulletin - an afternoon publication - my brother and I used to sell the Bulletin after school on Hwy 101 and Leland Ave in the early 50's...

Re: Alien sense of humor?

The lights are kind of creepy; they remind me of the Sleestak from Land of the Lost.

Look closely...

The third newspaper on the left side, folded, is the PEOPLE'S WORLD, a daily West Coast publication of the Communist Party. It's top story reads, "Text of the President's War Message to Congress." It would be interesting to see what their actual headline read.

[From another exposure in the series: "U.S. War Declaration Voted". - tterrace]

Alien sense of humor?

I thought an alien was photo-bombing the picture by hanging upside down in the upper left-hand corner, but I turned it right-side up and it turned out to be a headless alien bust.

The fire hydrant

Has a large iron knob on the top to secure the horses to during a fire. SF still has many of these in place.

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