USS Iowa (BB-61), iconic WWII-era battleship, being towed out of San Francisco Bay on it's way to new home in Southern California. The Iowa earned nine battle stars for service in WWII and 2 battle stars for service in the Korean War. It is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships. It will become a museum ship berthed in San Pedro, Ca.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) American photographer. Adams was born in San Francisco in 1902. In 1903, his family moved to a new home near the Seacliff neighborhood. The home sat on a bluff surrounded by sand dunes and had a view of the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands. (From wikipedia:) Uninjured in the initial shaking of the 1906 earthquake, the four-year-old Ansel Adams was tossed face-first into a garden wall during an aftershock three hours later, breaking his nose. The house still stands today in it's original location although it has been extensively remodeled. Adams built another house adjacent to it that he lived in until 1962 when he moved to Carmel, Ca.
Academy Award winning movie Bullitt shot on location in 1968 in San Francisco. Famous for the great car chase scene with Steve McQueen driving green '68 Mustang chasing Dodge Charger through the streets of San Francisco. This is the sequence at Larkin and Chestnut streets when McQueen misses the turn and backs up. The Charger had just clipped the Ford parked on the corner taking out one of the film cameras on Chestnut St.
Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece, filmed on location in San Francisco. This is the house at 900 Lombard St. where James Stewart's character Det. Scottie Ferguson lived.
Citing privacy concerns, in 2012 the current owners of 900 Lombard St. remodeled the front entrance to the house with a wall and stuccoed over the brick chimney.
The elaborate Cliff House and Seal Rocks, San Francisco, Ca., c.1900. Built in 1896 by Adolf Sutro, the Cliff House was a seven story Victorian Chateau (called by some "the Gingerbread Palace") below his estate on the bluffs of Sutro Heights overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Cliff House survived the 1906 earthquake with little damage but burned to the ground in 1907. The Cliff House Restaurant has gone through many incarnations and modern remodels. It has presently been restored to it's 1909 version.
Academy Award winning movie Bullitt shot on location in 1968 in San Francisco. Famous for the great car chase scene. Steve McQueen played Detective Frank Bullitt who lived on the corner of Clay and Taylor St. on Nob Hill.
San Francisco's Italian North Beach district was the location of several early Italian immigrant photography studios in the early 1900's. The JB Monaco, Vitalini Fotografia and Pisa Foto (founded by Gino and Carlo Sbrana) studios were all located near the intersection of Columbus and Broadway. The buildings still exist today and in the case of the Monaco and Pisa studios the original skylights still exist. In the early days of still photography portrait studios (like artist studios) were located on the top floor of buildings in order to take advantage of the natural skylight. Example
San Francisco view South on Van Ness Avenue (at Green St.) after the 1906 earthquake and before the fire approached. Photo by JB Monaco. Water mains are destroyed; St. Brigid Church in background. The East side of Van Ness Ave (left) was dynamited a block deep to create a fire break and finally stop the fire from spreading to the Western Addition and Cow Hollow.
San Francisco view down Kearny St. at Broadway after the 1906 earthquake and fire. A block down from Broadway at the intersection of Kearny and Columbus Ave. (at that time it was called Montgomery Ave.) is the Sentinel (Flatiron) Bldg. which was under construction at the time of the quake. It is now called Columbus Tower and is owned by director Francis Ford Coppola.
Looking down Montgomery St.(at Green St.) from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco on April 18th, 1906 after the great quake. Photo by Arnold Genthe. All the buildings in this photo were destroyed by the fire.
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