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Our Pretty Fairytale City :: Vintage San Francisco


image: Keith Jackson

I love posting vintage photos for you guys, but this fine Monday I have something a little extra special. My parents are in town visiting and we spent the weekend driving around San Francisco and went to Golden Gate Park. I have to say I love seeing San Francisco through the eyes of visitors. Our city is like no other!

Greg showed me this a while ago, and I was completely entranced. Vintage footage of San Francisco, shot on Super 8, with a dreamy modern soundtrack by Air. Ahhhh! You’ll see it all, the iconic cable cars, Coit Tower, Chinatown, the Bay Bridge, Lombard Street and of course the lovely Golden Gate bridge. This is my city as it was in 1958. Happy Monday!

San Francisco 1958 from Jeff Altman on Vimeo.

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  1. Lynn Landry says

    Thanks for posting this. I saw it a while back and tried to find it and couldn’t. I love the “Chop Suey” sign in the Chinatown shot. So nice to see tourists dressing up for their day in SF!

  2. kathryn durst says

    thanks for posting, that was really great! i just found out i’ll be moving to SF for the summer so this is getting me all excited :)

  3. annie hill says

    that was fabulous…i luv how the people looked so fashionable….!

  4. Kasey says

    I love this video! I gotta say I love the music, too. San Francisco just speaks loveliness.



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