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41 Perfectly Nostalgic Photos Of San Francisco Through The Years

~I left my heart in San Francisco.~

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A scene of East meets West in San Francisco's Chinatown, where a poster advertising American cigarettes stands behind baskets of the traditional Chinese soup ingredients of kelp and white fruit nuts or bok gaw, on sale outside the Chong Kee Jan Company shop, 1955 (left). Chinese dancers Mae Tai Sing and Tony Wing perform an elaborate floor show at Forbidden City, a nightclub in Chinatown, 1955 (right).

In 1953, a late arrival runs to catch one of San Francisco's cable cars (left). A brake operator and several passengers ride along on one of San Francisco's famous cable cars in 1953 (right).

Robert W. Klein / AP

Peace demonstrators fill Fulton Street in April, 1967, during their five-mile march through the city to protest the war in Vietnam. San Francisco City Hall is in the background.

Anonymous / AP

John Trudell, a Sioux Indian, stands next to a teepee on one end of Alcatraz Island in 1969 during the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz from November 20th, 1969, to June 11th, 1971.

Anonymous / AP

Police officers and demonstrators are seen outside City Hall during a riot which broke out following the controversial sentencing of Dan White who was found guilty of manslaughter for the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, 1979.

Eric Risberg / AP

Two women kiss on a motorcycle during the 13th annual Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco, 1983. Both women are in a motorcycle group that calls themselves œDykes on Bikes. The parade attracted an estimated 300,000 people and was dedicated to the victims of AIDS disease.


People cheer and wave as they participate in the bridge walk across the Golden Gate Bridge on May 24th, 1987. An estimated 350,000 people turned out for the Golden Gate Bridge 50th anniversary celebration.

Eric Risberg / AP

A waterfall of sparks showers down from the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge as fireworks explode behind the north tower, during the finale of the 50th anniversary celebration of the bridge.

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