I found this photo via the San Francisco Public Library, and it’s wonderful in so many ways. This is a view of Army Street (Cesar Chavez) looking south at Folsom on May 29, 1942.
Let’s zoom and enhance…
In the foreground we see a rather handsome group of neighbors, lounging casually alongside an overturned Chevrolet. (???!) “Move along! Nothing to see here!!”
In the background, the original parochial school building dominates the site of St. Anthony’s Church. (It’s still there today.)
Right behind that, there’s the Yosemite Meat Market, on the corner of Folsom and Precita, in the storefront now occupied by Charlie’s Cafe. The market’s sign is clearly visible on the Precita facade:
And of course, behind that is Bernal Hill, looking rather bare-naked, with no Sutrito Tower or trees on the summit — just a lone antenna mast. Bernal Heights Boulevard had been completed just a few years before, however, and the full “loop to nowhere” was open to traffic all the way around the hill.
All in all, it’s a scene that feels very familiar and somewhat different, all at the same time.