San Francisco, CA. in 1956.

About a month before he died,  my father sent me a carousel full of Kodak slides. They were photographs from a trip he made by train to San Francisco in April of 1956. Using an HP scanner, I converted the best of them to digital images and uploaded them to Picasa so he could see them. The quality is not great, but that’s okay. My mother told me later he beamed like a kid on Christmas morning as he scrolled through the pictures. He hadn’t seen them in fifty-six years.

Santa Fe Super Chief taking on passengers in Albuquerque, N.M.

Santa Fe Super Chief taking on passengers in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Looking back at Oakland from the San Francisco Bay ferry.

Looking back at Oakland from the San Francisco Bay ferry.

Passing another ferry boat.

Passing another ferry boat.

San Francisco before skyscrapers.

San Francisco before skyscrapers.

Hazy view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Moth-balled ships from World War II.

Mothballed ships from World War II.

Under the Bay Bridge.

Under the Bay Bridge.

Another hazy view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Another hazy view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Overlooking the city from Twin Peaks.

Overlooking the city from Twin Peaks.

An unknown mission in San Francisco.

An unknown mission in San Francisco.

Bay Bridge with Alcatraz barely visible underneath.

Bay Bridge with Alcatraz barely visible underneath.

Ocean Beach shot from Cliff House.

Ocean Beach shot from Cliff House.

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About Truman

I find myself on the downside of my sixtieth year, older but not old, wiser but not wise, and still wondering what I want to be when I grow up.
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3 Responses to San Francisco, CA. in 1956.

  1. Tony Arioli says:

    Your “Unknown Location On the California” picture is of Ocean Beach, San Francisco taken from the Cliff House…

  2. that’s so cool your father gave you these photos. what a blessing to glimpse life through his lens back in the day.

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