Monthly Archives: November 2014

Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA

This image is of the suspension section of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, the longest bridge in the world by combined length. It’s length is extended considerably by the fact the bridge uses an island roughly halfway across the bay. At this point, the suspension bridge changes to a cantilever bridge and continues to the Oakland landing.

Natural Color by Mike Roberts, Berkeley, Calif. 94107

The description states:


Linking San Francisco and Metropolitan Oakland, in California, is the longest bridge in the world – extreme length, including approaches, is 8 1/4 miles. One pier of the bridge is 242 feet high, equivalent to a 20-story building.

–This image, like the one that follows, are taken from a beach on Yerba Buena Island, where the bridge ‘hops’ on the way across the bay. The older cantilever section is not visible, and a new suspension section built next to it recently.

This card likely dates to the 1960s.

Night in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

This image is of the block of Stockton Street just before the intersection at Jackson Ave.

Color by Mike Roberts, Berkeley, Calif 94710

The description states:



Here in the largest settlement of Chinese outside of the Orient, one may browse in fascinating shops, taste exotic foods and enjoy a truly unique atmosphere, ticked away in the heart of the bustling, modern city.

–The signs for the Tai Chong Co. and the Shanghai Low give an accurate location of the photo, though the Tai Choing is now closed. The cars indicate the photo is from the 1950s.

Grant Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

This is another view of the Grant Street and California Ave. intersection in San Francisco’s Chinatown, featuring the unique light posts and the Cathay House building on the corner.

The description states:


Natural Color Scenes of the West

Chinatown, San Francisco, has the largest settlement of Chinese in the world outside of China. Grant Street with its ornamental lamp posts  is the main thoroughfare.

–This card is unusual in this collection as it was printed and sold by the Union Oil Company from their refueling stations, rather than sold by stores and other vendors.

This card was used and is dated 12 March 1956.