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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ART

Grant and California: 1968

Grant and California: 1968

August 1968. My mom in San Francisco's Chinatown at Grant and California Streets; Kodachrome slide by my dad. View full size.

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It's still there

The Far East Cafe is still there, as it probably had been for the preceding 50 years before this picture was taken. A great establishment with curtained booths, where you can dine in complete privacy, and push the button to notify the staff when you require attention. Haven't been there in quite a long time, but I used to like to let my imagination run wild about all the sneaky deals that might have been made. Not to mention all the other goings on, that might have taken place by the patrons of this fine and mysterious restaurant, over the past several decades.

Nice Kodachrome!

By the way several "I Spy" episodes were filmed in San Francisco around the same time and "An American Empress" is set in Chinatown. It's a fun way to get a feel for what San Francisco looked and sounded like in the late '60s.

Rodgers and Hammerstein, thank you!

"You travel there in a trolley, in a trolley up you'll climb, ding dong, you're in Hong Kong, having yourself a time. You can eat if you are in the mood, shark fin soup, bean cake fish. The girl who serves you all your food is another tasty dish!

Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California USA."

And so on - "Grant Avenue," from the musical "Flower Drum Song."

The Requisite VW

Is there just the other side of the cable car. At first I thought this wonderful photo was missing it.

 
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