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About These Photos

These historical images of San Francisco primarily come from one collector who wishes to remain anonymous. The collection may be the greatest in private hands, amounting to over 100,000 negatives and prints. OpenSFHistory is a program created by the nonprofit organization, Western Neighborhoods Project, to share these images, and those from similar private collections, with the world. More information at About OpenSFHistory


  • Woodward's Gardens: A Closer Look - Nov 12, 2017
    by Woody LaBounty

    A closer look at OpenSFHistory images. Now the site of apartment flats, body shops, small warehouses, and a gas station, the northwest corner of 14th Street and Mission Street was once the home of Woodward’s Gardens, a pleasure resort that its founder dedicated to "education, recreation, and amusement." In 1895, a San Francisco Call reporter wrote: "There are three particular places in California that have acquired world-wide fame, and these are the Yosemite Valley, the old Cliff House and Woodward’s Gardens. Read More...
  • The Wandering Cannon - Oct 29, 2017
    by John Martini

    For several years in the late 1990s, I had an office in the old Army Museum building at the Presidio of San Francisco. Read More...
  • Temple Emanu-El: A Closer Look - Oct 23, 2017
    by Woody LaBounty

    A closer look at an OpenSFHistory image. As naively disrespectful boys in the 1970s, we would ride our bikes into the Temple Emanu-El courtyard; do a quick loop around its fountain; and coast back downhill on Lake Street to our 11th Avenue block. Read More...
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