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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

A Drive Across the Oakland Bay Bridge

A Drive Across the Oakland Bay Bridge

Taken by sailor off the USS California in 1938. A nice shot of cars coming traveling the Bay Bridge (Thanks El Frijole). View full size.

That's the Bay Bridge

That's not the Golden Gate Bridge, it looks like the Bay Bridge (western span). You can tell by the cross-members in the towers; GGB's are square, whereas the Bay Bridge has X's as in the picture.

Compare:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco-Oakland_Bay_Bridge

Great shot nonetheless.

 
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