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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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This Is the Place: 1923

This Is the Place: 1923

"Jewett touring car, San Francisco, 1923." The significance of the streetcar tracks is lost to the ages. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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The building across the street from the high school is under construction in this 1923 photo. Do you know what it is and if it is still there.

[Apartment house, 1200 Francisco St., still there -tterrace]

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The girls in this photo are holding yearbooks for Galileo High School, seen here at the right.

And the place is . . .

Van Ness Avenue just south of Francisco, the cross street in the background.

Which way do I go?

I hold the steering wheel this way and the car wheels go straight and follow the tracks going straight. But what if I follow this curve? Yes, that curve, there. The one in the road. And then how I do press the gas pedal if I'm standing out here holding the steering wheel? Oh, Mother said there'd be days like this.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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