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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

News

  • Milk Punch House: A Closer Look - Feb 25, 2017
    by Woody LaBounty

    A closer look at an OpenSFHistory image. For years, the parents of the Inner Sunset had cajoled, lobbied, and petitioned to get a new schoolhouse to replace the humble Laguna Honda School on 7th Avenue between Irving and Judah Streets. Read More...
  • Elephants in San Francisco: A Closer Look - Feb 19, 2017
    by Woody LaBounty

    A closer look at an OpenSFHistory image. Young men traveling to California in 1849 for the Gold Rush called the experience "seeing the elephant." The expression comes from signs at traveling shows that entreated crowds to take the opportunity (and pay the price) to view the world's largest land animal up close. Read More...
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