23 Powerful Photographs of Vintage San Francisco

San Francisco is best known for the lazy fog that drapes its steep, geometric hills. The city, which was first founded in June 1776, is home to a number of beloved tourist attractions and landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. In this gallery of vintage San Francisco photographs, we uncover how the city has changed over the past century. Now a bustling international hub and the headquarters of various large banks and corporations, San Francisco continues to adapt and grow.

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Vintage San Francisco

Source: Distractify

San Francisco Earthquake 1906

The photo shows the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake that caused damage to much of San Francisco. Source: Vintage Everyday

San Francisco Fire 1906

Fires continue to burn in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Source: Kammer

San Francisco Floral 1913

San Francisco Floral opens its doors to the public in 1913. Source: Historical Perspectives

Vintage San Francisco Trolley

Source: Wikipedia

Construction on Golden Gate Bridge

Builders construct the Golden Gate Bridge in 1934. Source: History in Photos

Vintage San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Opening Day

People walk across the Golden Gate Bridge on its opening day, May 27th, 1937. Source: Vintage San Francisco

John Gutmann San Francisco

A photograph taken by John Gutmann in 1938. Source: tout ceci est magnifique

SRO in San Francisco

Source: CCSRO

Market Street San Francisco 1950

A glimpse at San Francisco’s Grant Street in Chinatown. Source: SFGate

1953 Vintage San Francisco

Young boys wait to ride the Ridee-O ride at Playland-at-the-Beach in Golden Gate Park in 1953. Source: Huffington Post

Vintage Alcatraz Prison

Prisoners mill around Alcatraz prison in the San Francisco bay. Source: Best California Beach

San Francisco 1960 Easter

San Francisco in the 1960s. Source: Pirkle Jones

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Legendary baseball star Willie Mays gets his 3,000th career hit in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1970. Source: KTVU

Painted Ladies San Francisco

These Victorian style homes, called the “Painted Ladies,” have been featured in a number of films. They are located directly across from Alamo Square Park in Hayes Valley. Source: Debs Travels

Vintage San Francisco 1970s

Folks relax at a San Francisco park in the 1970s. Source: Marc Rochkind

Peace Rally San Francisco

A 1970s peace rally takes place in San Francisco. Source: Shorpy

GLBT Vintage San Francisco

People congregate at the Castro Street Fair, an LGBT street festival in the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco. Source: LGBT Historical Society

Vintage San Francisco Arcade

Boys play a game at an arcade in San Francisco. Source: SF Gate

Don’t Be That Guy: An Animated GIF Guide To Surviving New York (And Any Other City)

The pace is manic, there are seemingly a billion people crammed into a very small space, and it feels as though you are annoying each and every one of those one billion. Just going to New York is a feat in itself, but luckily Nathan Plye has created an entertaining guide so that getting around New York City is more manageable for you and it’s residents. Enjoy his animated GIF guide to surviving New York (and most other cities on the planet):

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7 Creepy Abandoned Cities

Abandoned Cities Sanzhi Dark Skies

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Across the world are cities and places that once thrived but now lay in ruins. These abandoned cities, which are often referred to as ghost towns, can be as beautiful as they are haunting. Their decay causes our imaginations to run wild, conjuring images of a place lost to time and just what kinds of life may have passed through its city limits. Some have rich and glorious pasts while others have a dark and troubled history.

Abandoned Cities: Sanzhi Pod City

Sanzhi Reflecting Pool

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Sanzhi Pod City is located just outside of New Taipei City, Taiwan. Construction of this UFO style housing development began in 1978, and was intended to be a vacation resort marketed toward US military personnel. After several fatal car accidents during construction and an equally devastating loss of investment, the project was scrapped.

Many attribute the pod city’s bad luck to the bisecting of a Chinese dragon statue near the front gates in order to widen the road. Though the area had become a tourist curiosity and the subject of an MTV film, the pods were demolished in 2010 to make way for a commercial seaside resort.

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