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San Francisco in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City by the Bay

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“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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Christopher Newton
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
Pamela
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...
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917.9461 F2936 2011
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