Vintage View: The Golden City in a Golden Time

img015All images from Pay Dirt! San Francisco: The Romance of a Great City edited by Maury B. Campbell (Vigilante, 1949).

San Francisco, CA, known for its iconic bridges, cable cars, fog, and landscapes, is a city with a storied cultural past. Before the beatniks and flower children of yesterday and the techies of today, emerging designers, restaurateurs, artists, and performers flocked to this fair city. This gorgeous book of photographs and illustrations, recently thrifted in the city of its subject matter, captures life in the late 1940s through compelling visual journalism — up the winding streets, down to the piers, and everywhere in between.

Enjoy this glimpse at some of the unique pictures, people, and parts of 1940s San Francisco. Would you leave your heart in this era?









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    itsemmaelise 11/08/2013 at 10:11 am #

    I would be fun to have lived in this era!


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    Emily Vallely 11/09/2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I’m going to San Francisco next month, such a cool read!
    I have a vintage fashion blog and was wondering who I can email to be considered for “Blogger of the Moment”.


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