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

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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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