31 Beautiful Photos Of Life In San Francisco’s Chinatown In The ’50s

Get ready to be transported.

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A banner on Grant Street, San Francisco, welcomes visitors to Chinatown.

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A chorus girl at the Forbidden City nightclub adds the finishing touches to her makeup.

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Five women dressed in traditional Chinese clothing read the day’s headlines.

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A colorful view down Grant Street.

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A little boy at the Commodore Stockton School practices writing on the blackboard.

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Two chorus girls at the Forbidden City nightclub prepare for their act.

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Chinese dancers perform an elaborate floor show.

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A vendor slices off a chunk of lotus root for a customer.

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Crowds crane to see an 100-foot dragon parade down the street.

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The cutest little boy ever listening enthusiastically in class.

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A shop assistant at the Tai Ping Company boutique on Grant Avenue demonstrates a giant Chinese fan to an interested customer.

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Chorus girls at Forbidden City show off their stuff.

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Two children hold a staring contest with a Chinese dragon.

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Two women sample food at Johnny Kan’s restaurant.

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Two Chinese-American women come to have their fortunes told at the Chinese temple on Pine Street.

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A movie theater showing Chinese movies.

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A little girl reads aloud from the blackboard.

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A woman samples a small portion of rice.

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A bookseller waits for customers to arrive.

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Grant Avenue is lit up by the string lights and neon signs of restaurants.

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The intersection of East and West.

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Chinatown by night.

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A butcher prepares meat for a young boy.

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A little girl practices her written Chinese in a character-writing class.

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Two children goof around on their way to school.

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Parents greet their children after they finish school for the day.

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Cars driving through Chinatown at night.

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A customer receives her order from the butcher at Ying Fat Lung’s Chinese shop.

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Cable cars take commuters to work.

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Nationalist Chinese and American flags wave side by side.

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A lampost in the traditional Chinese style signals that you’ve arrived.

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