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Grand Entrance: 1952

Grand Entrance: 1952

San Francisco, 1952. "Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels." You'll come for the balustrade but stay for the porte-cochere. 8x10 inch negative. View full size.


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Those behemoth vehicles

must be some of the worst designs in American automotive history.

My honeymoon hotel

The Mark - where I spent my first night of my honeymoon only 2 years after this was taken. We had that suite seen near the top front that has an outside glassed wall garden. I think it was $75 or $100 a night which back then was an extraordinary amount of $ to spend on a hotel room! We stayed there 1 more time later and they had put in grass on the outside garden and put in a safety glass walled heated conservatory room just before the outside garden part - we had dinner on that our first night there looking out over the Bay. The room had phones all over, even one in the bathroom which was really a novel concept back then!

General observation

The lady is hiding the silver streaks on the 1948 Pontiac station wagon with "Silver-8-Streak" on the side of its hood. I see several Chevys, a black 1950 Buick in the Series 41 Special trim and a couple of Cadillacs to round out Alfred P. Sloan's "car for every purse and purpose." The only one missing is Oldsmobile. GM really did command nearly half of the market in those years.

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