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The H Train: 1919

The H Train: 1919

1919. "Cadillac touring car at rail stop." H Line streetcars of the San Francisco Municipal Railway. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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Well now you have. The third appearance of this gentelman and his Cadillac with previous appearances in a "Couple of Cads" here and "Leftward Ho" over here. He definitely does not need the H Train to get around.

From the front page of the Los Angeles Herald of 12 June 1919 comes the press release shown below regarding the Good Roads sticker seen on the windshield.

Foot of Van Ness Avenue

It took a bit of time to locate this view of the two H-cars. The location is a very different landscape today!

The cars are stopped near the north end of Van Ness Avenue where it crosses Bay Street, with Angel Island across the bay dimly visible in the far distance. The trees and water tank at left were part of the tiny military post of Fort Mason. The open block to the left of the Cadillac had recently been occupied by the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915.

The concrete trolley wire poles with their ornate cast iron tops are also vestiges of the recently-closed PPIE. Many of these poles still survive along Van Ness Avenue today and serve as light posts. If you look closely you can see at least four in the contemporary view of Van Ness Avenue attached.

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