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San Francisco in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City by the Bay
“San Francisco has no single landmark by which the world may identify it,” according to San Francisco in the 1930s, originally published in 1940. This would surely come as a surprise to the millions who know and love the Golden Gate Bridge or recognize the Transamerica Building’s pyramid. This invaluable Depression-era guide to San Francisco relates the city’s history from ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by University of California Press
(first published March 6th 2011)
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Apr 07, 2015 Christopher Newton rated it it was amazing
For a native San Franciscan such as myself, it's a lot of fun to dip into this, discovering the world my parents inhabited before I was born. Much of it I dimly remember from my earliest childhood. I think new-arrival San Francisco obsessives will enjoy it just as much as I do. The prose is strong, the introduction is helpful, and with the help of Google Maps, newcomers can use it to walk around the city as it was. It's a dip-into kind of book rather than a read-straight-through kind of book, an ...more
handy book.. very basic over-view and history; while one should not consider it as a travel book, it's well-written and and a look back at 1930s era San Francisco (post-opening of the Bay & Golden Gate Bridges); lovely piece for armchair travelers and lovers of architecture and history...