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San Francisco Then and Now (Then & Now Thunder Bay) Hardcover – November 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Then & Now Thunder Bay
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press; Second Edition edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607100037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607100034
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 11.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric J. Kos is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has provided his design expertise to various publications in the East Bay since 1997. In 2001 he helped start his first corporation, Stellar Media Group, which publishes the Alameda Sun, a free weekly newspaper in California.

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It has great pictures and very easy to look through.
Brianne Howell
Currently studying in San Francisco and I thought I had been to most of the places in SF.
Zhaofeng Ye
This book brought back many memories of my youth in growing up in SF.
Mitchell Gnesios

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Robinson on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's remarkable how the view of many corners and streets of San Francisco have been preserved, despite the city's growth and the intervention of natural disasters. In "San Francisco Then and Now," we are treated to dozens of photos and stories about how the city looked in previous years, some reaching back to the late 1800s, and what it looks like today.

This book is clearly a labor of love; no doubt many, many hours were spent collecting old and new photos for comparison purposes. What the photos show is the life and growth of a city built on tough terrain. If you don't already know San Francisco is one seriously hilly environment, you'll certainly know it after viewing just a few photos. Architectural creativity is definitely on display.

Some of the photos:

Chinatown at the corner of Grant Avenue and California Street looks very much the same, with primarily tenants changing; The Bing Chong Importing Co. has turned into a food court but otherwise, the street looks virtually unchanged.

Clay Street to Nob Hill, shown in an 1872 photo, was the site of the world's first cable-car line today, the cable line is gone but still, several of the buildings and trees create the same look, though the street is now one-way, downhill.

The famously crooked Lombard Street, shown first in a 1922 photo as its many twists and turns, to accommodate drivers trying to negotiate the steep decline, were being installed. The authors note that it's not the city's crookedest street, saying that recongition belongs to Vermont Street but is not on the tourist map.

Other photos show views from the Marina District, Crissy Field, Powell Street turnaround, Palace Hotel, and Steamboat Point, the latter once a thriving shipping area.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zhaofeng Ye on May 26, 2012
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Currently studying in San Francisco and I thought I had been to most of the places in SF. But when I first saw it in the library it showed me more historic scenes of SF so I bought it and I really love it. I love tracing things back in history and this book leads me to the places in SF though history
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Gnesios on March 28, 2012
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This book brought back many memories of my youth in growing up in SF. I would reccomend this to anyone whose ever been to San Francisco. The photographs are very clear and accurate
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brianne Howell on December 29, 2010
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I got this for a present for my husband and my whole family ended up looking through it! It has great pictures and very easy to look through. It's more of a picture book (but with very good information as well) so if you're just looking for straight information, it might not be for you. But it is very entertaining!
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