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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


  • Hermits of Lands End - Dec 9, 2017
    by John Martini

    Lands End is a familiar name to San Francisco residents, who associate the name with the rock-strewn northwest corner of the San Francisco peninsula, an area stretching roughly from Sea Cliff to the ruins of Sutro Baths. Read More...
  • Sweeny Observatory: A Closer Look - Nov 26, 2017
    by Woody LaBounty

    A closer look at OpenSFHistory images. I love hiking in San Francisco in later autumn and winter, especially on clear days. Read More...
  • 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...
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