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Chinatown: 1900

Chinatown: 1900

San Francisco circa 1900. "Chinatown. The street of the gamblers at night." Nitrate transparency by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

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Translation

literal translation of the Chinese characters:

The top two characters:
call to wealth

The bottom four characters:
welcome the god of wealth

These are common decorations (lucky charms) for the entrance of a business.

Great site btw!

Ross Alley

Good photo. "The street of the gamblers" is formally known as Ross Alley, which runs from Sacramento Street to Washington Street, between Grant Avenue and Stockton Street. It is still a busy place, and it contains a wonderful fortune cookie factory.

Regards,
Joe Thompson

Mirror image

Just letting you know, the image has been flipped. you can tell by looking at the Chinese characters in the current top left and bottom right corners.

[Thanks. I have flipped it around. What do they say? - Dave]

Throwing Heaven and Nine

A dice game popular with Chinese immigrants around this time was called "throwing heaven and nine" or "chak tin kau." The game was played with two dice, with the different combinations divided into two suits. Players wager that the shooter will not throw the highest combinations. Rules can be found in the Archives of the University of Waterloo Museum of Games.

http://www.gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca

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