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    The Golden Gate Bridge In Photos, From 1937 To 2012

    May 27th, 2012 marked the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. In celebration, this is a collection featuring one photo from every year the bridge has been open.

    Built to provide a practical route between Marin County and San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge cost $35 million dollars to build and took over four years, with construction beginning in 1933, and the planning for it going back long before that. Since opening, the bridge has become one of the most iconic symbols of San Francisco, and stood as the world's longest suspension bridge until 1964, when the Verrazano-Narrows bridge was completed in New York City. Contrary to popular belief, the bridge is not painted end-to-end each year, and only requires touch-up work. This, however, does require ongoing maintenance, and is currently staffed by 28 painters, as well as iron workers and other crew members that are essential to this task.

    Over the years, the bridge itself hasn't changed much, but the world around it certainly has. Nonetheless, the bridge continues to be a symbol of pride and beauty for San Francisco and visitors alike.

    1. 1937

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    A Fresno resident poses with her family on the first day the bridge opened to pedestrians.

    2. 1938

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    President Franklin Roosevelt on the bridge for a ceremony.

    3. 1939

    4. 1940

    5. 1941

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    View from the Top of the Mark restaurant.

    6. 1942

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    The USS San Francisco returning damaged from the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

    7. 1943

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    A disabled veteran and his son gaze at the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach.

    8. 1944

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    A U.S. Navy airship passes over the Golden Gate Bridge.

    9. 1945

    10. 1946

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    Navy demolition experts haul a torpedo out of the bay at Baker Beach.

    11. 1947

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    This stunning shot captures a AT-6A aircraft across from the Golden Gate Bridge.

    12. 1948

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    View from under the bridge.

    13. 1949

    14. 1950

    15. 1951

    16. 1952

    17. 1953

    18. 1954

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    Fitness legend Jack LaLanne emerges from the ocean after setting a record for swimming the length of the Golden Gate Bridge while towing 140 pounds of equipment.

    19. 1955

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    View from on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    20. 1956

    21. 1957

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    Members of the San Francisco Ballet underneath the bridge.

    22. 1958

    23. 1959

    24. 1960

    25. 1961

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    A bridge painter at work.

    26. 1962

    27. 1963

    28. 1964

    29. 1965

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    The Golden Gate Bridge from a whaling vessel, 7 years before its ban.

    30. 1966

    31. 1967

    32. 1968

    33. 1969

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    Uncensored original version at the source.

    34. 1970

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    On top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    35. 1971

    36. 1972

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    Richard Nixon at the bridge.

    37. 1973

    38. 1974

    39. 1975

    40. 1976

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    Snow in the headlands north of Golden Gate Bridge.

    41. 1977

    42. 1978

    43. 1979

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    1979 album cover for the experimental music group The Residents.

    44. 1980

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    During a traffic jam.

    45. 1981

    46. 1982

    47. 1983

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    The nuclear-powered U.S.S. Enterprise passes under the Golden Gate Bridge.

    48. 1984

    49. 1985

    50. 1986

    51. 1987

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    At the Golden Gate Bridge's 50th anniversary celebration.

    52. 1988

    53. 1989

    54. 1990

    55. 1991

    56. 1992

    57. 1993

    58. 1994

    59. 1995

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    The view from Coit Tower.

    60. 1996

    61. 1997

    62. 1998

    63. 1999

    64. 2000

    65. 2001

    66. 2002

    67. 2003

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    The Blue Angels performing in San Francisco.

    68. 2004

    69. 2005

    70. 2006

    71. 2007

    72. 2008

    73. 2009

    74. 2010

    75. 2011

    76. 2012

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    From the 75th Anniversary Celebration.

    Bonus Round 1:

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    The Golden Gate before the Bridge, by Ansel Adams.

    Bonus Round 2:

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    The 'Penguin Chorus' on the bridge from opening festivities in 1937.

    Bonus Round 3:

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    Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in 1946

    Bridge, you are magnificent.