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Vertigo: 1959

Vertigo: 1959

May 1, 1959. "Downtown San Francisco -- California Street East Bay vista from Nob Hill." 8x10 inch acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.


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The aircraft carrier in question is the USS Midway, which was homeported at NAS Alameda. She had just returned from a six-month Westpac Cruise on March 12.

CV in the BG?

Looks like a carrier in the background across the bay? Right where the Hornet museum is today? The image I attached to this shows the area -- the circled dark smudges all could be big ships, but the right half of the dark smudges looks an awful lot like a flat top with its bridge sticking up. Couldn't be the Hornet because that was in the western pacific from April-October 1959.

Church growth

Man alive, that modest little church sure has seen some growth.

[No, it didn't grow into Grace Cathedral, which is also in the 1959 shot. Its south tower is partly visible down the left edge. -tterrace]

Adaptive reuse

The Flood Mansion was gutted by the 1906 fire, and it was restored to become the Pacific Union Club, which it remains to this day.


Is that a digital clock on top of the Equitable Life building? If so, some time between 1959 and now we forgot how to stop digital clocks from flashing 12:00.

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At the left, the Flood Mansion.

5/1/59 2:23 pm

Well, I'm guessing 2:23, if that's really a "digital" clock display atop the Equitable building.

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