When they are not giving you expensive parking tickets or botching your commute, our friends at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) also maintain a historical photo archive that’s accessible via a spiffy photo website for
blissful procrastination focused browsing by members of the general public.
That’s where Bernalwood found this retrolicious photo of Folsom Street at Precita in 1943, looking north from the western end of Precita Park.
Here’s how it looks now, 71 years later, on May 3, 2014:
So many details to appreciate in that older view! Behold, the annotated version:
As you can see, the Palermo Bakery is now home to Precita Clean laundromat, while the Yosemite Meat Market on the corner is the location of today’s Charlie’s Cafe.
Providentially, Bernalwood previously shared a view of the same building from the opposite direction, as captured from the intersection of Folsom and Army (Cesar Chavez) looking south just one year earlier, in 1942:
And when we zoom and enhance that photo, we get a terrific view of the Yosemite Meat Market sign that was hiding just around the corner in the 1943 perspective:
If you’ve enjoyed this
trip down the rabbit hole historical interlude, you’ll also enjoy this recent post from La Lengua rebel leader Burrito Justice, who explored the intersection of Mission Street at 29th using photos from the same SFMTA archive.
Here’s a teaser, showing the site of today’s Pizzahacker:
And of course, there’s no substitute for going to the original source. So if you don’t mind kissing your productivity goodbye, you can also explore the SFMTA photo archive yourself. It’s fun, it’s mega-informative, and it may even help you feel good about paying off your next parking ticket, since you’ll know that at least some part of that money will be put to good use.
PHOTOS: 1943 photos by SFMTA. 2014 photo by Telstar Logistic. 1942 photo via San Francisco Public Library