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Thursday, August 7, 2014

San Francisco of Yesteryear, on Film

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

click to enlarge Ch-ch-ch-changes!
  • Ch-ch-ch-changes!
In our current edition, your humble narrator tracks the changes that have taken place in this city, one Dirty Harry shoot-em-up site at a time. The diner in which Clint Eastwood's hard-boiled cop perforates three robbers before telling the fourth to "Go ahead. Make my day" will soon be a 10-story luxury hotel. The warehouse in which mad-wild revolutionaries murder people and stock up on deadly weapons is now a tech bus depot. 

The city has changed, it would seem. 

And so, the nostalgic website The Retroist today disseminated the following video of San Francisco tourists doing their thing in 1986. No, there's no plot. There's no drama. It's just a bunch of people in Reagan-era clothes clinging to McKinley-era cable cars, and dodging Carter-era automobiles. 

And, you know, sometimes that's enough: 

But why stop in 1986? How about 1977?

And how about 1955?

And, of course, 1905: 

And before? 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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