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Historic Photos of San Francisco
     

Historic Photos of San Francisco

by Rebecca Schall
 

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Before the discovery of silver and gold, San Francisco was a frontier missionary town. From these modest beginnings, the city overcame great adversity to become one of the world's most significant metropolitan centers. Throughout its history San Francisco has been an entrepreneurial center. Beginning with new transportation technologies of railroads and shipping, to

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Before the discovery of silver and gold, San Francisco was a frontier missionary town. From these modest beginnings, the city overcame great adversity to become one of the world's most significant metropolitan centers. Throughout its history San Francisco has been an entrepreneurial center. Beginning with new transportation technologies of railroads and shipping, to services such as banking and insurance, the entrepreneurial community has a long history of overcoming challenges to reach prosperity.
This volume, Historic Photos of San Francisco, captures the evolution of this great city in still photography from various collections of the San Francisco Public Library. The book follows life, government, education, and events spanning two centuries of San Francisco's history. It captures unique and rare scenes through the original lens of hundreds of historic photographs. These images portray the events and people that have played a part in the building of a unique and prosperous city.

Editorial Reviews

Danny Sparkletack.com
Whatever your pleasure, it's probably here in glorious and crisply detailed black and white - each photo dated, documented, and nicely put into context. There are other books in the category of "cool shots of the old city", but if you're looking for instant transportation to every decade of San Francisco's history, give this one a look. - The San Francisco History Podcast
San Francisco Gate
Finally, there's a special book about many a traveler's favorite city by San Francisco native Rebecca Schall. Her captions contain colorful back stories of buildings and streets...as well as major and minor events of daily life in the 'Paris of the West...' It's a fresh look at the past, with fascinating details that add up to a vivid history.
Danny michellerichmond.com
I've recently been enjoying a hefty, beautiful book about San Francisco, called, simply, Historic Photos of San Francisco, with text and captions by Rebecca Schall. Dozens of photographs culled from the collections of the San Francisco Public Library span two centuries of the city's development, from its beginnings as "The Paris of the West" to the late 19th century to the turbulent sixties- A great coffee table book for anyone with an interest in San Francisco history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620453841
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Series:
Historic Photos Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Schall grew up in San Francisco's Richmond district, graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and psychology from Occidental College in Southern California, and received a master's degree in history from San Francisco State University. She has conducted historical research on the Ohlone Indians, San Francisco during the Civil War, and the experience of the Japanese population in San Francisco during World War II. In addition to her academic research, she has developed exhibits for the Mission Dolores Museum of Bay Area Indian History, contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of San Francisco, and has worked on an archaeological excavation in San Francisco's Presidio. She is a member of the San Francisco and California Historical societies, as well as other local historical organizations. She is currently living in Paris, where she continues her studies at the Sorbonne.

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