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Historic Photos of San Francisco Hardcover – December 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Historic Photos
  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Turner (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596523077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596523074
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 10.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a native of San Francisco, California, where I grew up in the city's Richmond district with my parents and older brother. I have always had an intense passion for history. Growing up in San Francisco exposed me to its rich history and culture. Additionally, as a child, I traveled extensively around Europe with my family, which contributed to my passion for history from an early age as well. I have undergraduate degrees in both history and psychology from Occidental College, and a Master's degrees in history from San Francisco State University.

I am the author of six books: Historic Photos of San Francisco, Historic Photos of Paris, Historic Photos of The Presidio, Historic Photos of San Francisco in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Remembering Paris, and Remembering San Francisco in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Through stunning black and white photography and accompanying in-depth informative text, these books provide photographic narrative portraits of the cities and retrospective views of ordinary citizens enjoying their daily lives in the extraordinary cities of San Francisco and Paris, amidst historic events that took place in each respective place throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, including the celebrations, protests, riots, wars, cultural milestones, and other major national and international events.

After completing my first book, Historic Photos of San Francisco, I spent a year in Paris, where I lived in the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank. My year abroad was one of the most incredible and formative experiences of my life. During my year in Paris, I continued to study history and French at the Sorbonne, taught English, and delivered historical talks and lectures at several universities and venues around Paris. I also did research for my second book, Historic Photos of Paris, a detailed portrait of Paris through old historic photos, and extensive text. Most of the photos I used for the book came from an archive in the 6th arrondissement called the Roger-Viollet Agency, where I discovered absolutely amazing rare photos.

I am currently living in The San Francisco Bay Area, where I teach history and continue historical research and writing and participate in various historical associations to preserve local history and educate the public. To learn more about my background, publications, and speaking events, please visit my website - www.rebeccaschall.com .

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on April 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With two parents that were professors on the topic, I grew up in a household where history was always at the top of the agenda. To complement that, I have always been a fan of photography, doing my own share of it when I get the opportunity. So the book "Historic Photos of San Francisco" came like a perfect blend for me, even more so because San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world.

As the title implies, the book offers a photographic history of the city, going from 1860, through the turn of the century (including the earthquake of 1906 and the post-earthquake period), all the way through to the 1960s and the "Summer of Love". The photos not only capture key moments and memories in the city's life: they also help the reader understand the resilient nature of San Fran.

"Historic Photos of San Francisco" makes for more than just a nice coffee table book: it's an invaluable testimonial and historic reference for the generations to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With this handsome coffee table book, author Rebecca Schall offers a thoughtful pictorial history into San Francisco that offers a treasure trove of historical photos accompanied by her observant text. She has obviously researched her project with a keen eye as she culled what must have been quite an archive of photos from various collections in the San Francisco Public Library.

The result is a vivid parade of images that traces the city's growth from the days after the Gold Rush through the 1906 earthquake and up to 1967. Her thumbnail-style text is a bit on the cursory side to get a full picture of the various changes that transformed the city, but you get enough insights to appreciate the various factors that have shaped the city's unique character. It makes a suitable companion piece to Bill Yenne's San Francisco Then & Now, which shows how many of the locations featured in Schall's book look now.
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By mozaik on December 9, 2013
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SF is the best. These photos of my home town taught me a lot about en era that was basically simple but beautiful in many ways but racist in some.
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By sfteacher on June 13, 2013
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Many hidden gems in this collection from the early days to relatively modern times make this book irreplaceable for SF History buffs.
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My husband was with the Emporium for 44 years and helped it through the last big earthquake,so I bought the book hoping it would have at least one picture of the old Emporium .It is one of the oldest buildings on Market and withstood "The Big One". Not one single picture was found !!!!!!
I ,also , disagree with how the author said the " International Settlement became a calm place .Goodness -----we did'nt want to drive the kids through that area to get to relatives in the sixties and did she never hear of Carol Doda??? I think it was a good effort and there were beautiful pictures ,,but she was obviously too young to really capture some of the important things in the history of San Francisco !
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