OpenSFHistory Top 10: Zoom Background Edition!

by Nicole Meldahl

As your calendar fills up with Zoom (or other video conferencing) meetings, Western Neighborhoods Project is here to help spice up your backgrounds in this virtual version of our popular OpenSFHistory Top 10 programs.
 

Cliff House and Seal Rocks, circa 1900.Cliff House and Seal Rocks, circa 1900. (wnp4/wnp4.0483; Willard E. Worden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

As always, you can use any of our watermarked files for free by clickety-clickety-clacking the big orange Download button to the right of each image. With over 47,000 photographs to choose from here, we’re confident you can find an historical image of San Francisco to suit your mood. Search by subject, browse our featured galleries, or pinpoint an exact location on our handy-dandy map. Don’t know where to start? We recommend the following selection of Willard E. Worden photographs.
 

DeYoung Museum, circa 1900.DeYoung Museum, circa 1900. (wnp15.683; Willard E. W0rden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

Coming to San Francisco as a volunteer with the 11th Cavalry at the end of the Philippine-American War in 1901, Worden was a prolific local photographer at the turn of the 20th-century. His work took him all over San Francisco, capturing everything from the relaxed and rural west side, to street scenes and nightscapes downtown, and major historical events.
 

Looking east down California Street near Grant, circa 1910.Looking east down California Street near Grant, circa 1910. (wnp15.704; Willard E. Worden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

May of these images are remarkably crisp because we scanned them from original glass negatives that were archivally rehoused and are now safely stored at our Home for History. We hope you and your colleagues enjoy these treasures from our OpenSFHistory archive during your next video conference.
 

Night view looking east down California Street from Powell, circa 1910.Night view looking east down California Street from Powell, circa 1910. (wnp15.743; Willard E. Worden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

Do you miss visiting the tranquil landscape of the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park? Worden has a photo for that.
 

Drum bridge in Japanese Tea Garden, circa 1910.Drum bridge in Japanese Tea Garden, circa 1910. (wnp15.677; Willard E. Worden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

Have you been feeling the urge to walk around the Harding Park Golf Course and Lake Merced? Worden has a photo for that.
 

Ingleside Golf Course Clubhouse and Lake Merced, November 14, 1915.Ingleside Golf Course Clubhouse and Lake Merced, November 14, 1915. (wnp15.549; Willard E. Worden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

Are you bummed you can’t explore the great outdoors beyond a few feet in front of your door? Worden has a photo for that.
 

Lands End wildflowers with Marin Headlands and Golden Gate in distance, circa 1910.Lands End wildflowers with Marin Headlands and Golden Gate in distance, circa 1910. (wnp15.356; Willard E. Worden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

Are you intrigued by the miles and miles of migrating sand dunes that once blanketed the Outside Lands? Worden has a photo for that.
 

Sand dunes likely in the Sunset District, circa 1910.Sand dunes likely in the Sunset District, circa 1910. wnp15.346; Willard E. Worden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

Do you miss riding the 70 MUNI lines that are shut down during this COVID-19 shelter-in-place order? Worden has a photo for that.
 

#12 streetcar stopped at Ingleside Terraces entry gate, circa 1910.#12 streetcar stopped at Ingleside Terraces entry gate, circa 1910. wnp15.647; Willard E. Worden / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

Are you looking to be transported to a magical world without leaving the Marina District? Worden has a photo for that.
 

Night view of the Court of the Universe at Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915.Night view of the Court of the Universe at Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915. wnp70.0620; Willard E. Worden – Marilyn Blaisdell Collection / Courtesy of a Private Collector.)
 

While we think Worden has your back for any conference background needs, you can also choose from literally thousands of additional historical photographs on OpenSFHistory. And we’d love to see these images in action, so don’t forget to screenshot and share them with us! Tag @outsidelandz and @opensfhistory.