Vintage photo of a Coast Guard helicopter landing on a ship in the 1950s with the old Bay Bridge in the background

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[via Found Photos]

Lillie Hitchcock Coit’s 175th birthday

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From Wikipedia:

‘Firebelle Lil’ Coit was considered eccentric, smoking cigars and wearing trousers long before it was socially acceptable for women to do so. She was an avid gambler and often dressed like a man in order to gamble in the male-only establishments that dotted North Beach.[2]

As a young woman, she traveled to Europe with her mother. After her return, she married Howard Coit, the “caller” of the San Francisco Stock Exchange during an economic boom.[1] They separated in 1880, and he died in 1885 at age 47.[2]

At age 15, in 1858, she reportedly witnessed the Knickerbocker Engine Co. No. 5 respond to a fire call on Telegraph Hill when they were shorthanded, and helped them get up the hill ahead of other competing engine companies. Sources differ on whether this happened while she was coming home from school or coming from a rehearsal for a wedding.[1] She was thereafter treated as a “mascot” of the firefighters, and after her return from travel in Europe, in October 1863, she was made an honorary member of the engine company.

There’s a party this Thursday, celebrating her 175th birthday:

Come to Chief Sullivan’s Irish pub for the Celebration! 4 pm to 7 pm – 21+ please

Your $25 ticket gets you into the party, along with a raffle ticket and delicious appetizers! All proceeds benefit Guardians of the City SF, the non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the City’s First Responders.

Raffle for great prizes! Silent Auction for unique items! Costume contest: Dress like Lillie and win a prize! Socialize with current and former SF First Responders! And don’t forget to try the signature cocktail of the night, the Firebelle!

Get tickets here.

PSA Press‘s commemorative pin (pictured above) will be for sale at the party or on their website on the 23rd.

We snoop the Whisky Vending Machine

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Since this retro image of an office whisky vending machine has been rolling around the internet, only one question comes to mind, “WHY DIDN’T THIS CATCH ON?” While it turns out that this machine is in fact real, snopes.com reports that it was part of vending machine exhibit and convention from 1960.  The machine, produced by Rollason Aerocessaries of Croydon, mixed whisky, water and soda. Time switches ensured it locked automatically to conform with licensing hours.  Sadly this machine never took off, leaving us to dream of a workplace where a little whisky was not only encouraged but readily available.  For our part, all we can do is offer up your whisky buzz from 6am-2am at Pops Bar.  Bring your laptop, and it’s as close to living the dream as you can get.

Read more here.

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Photo of the Mission in 2010

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Now, as we all know, it looks more like this (minus Balançoire which seems to be gone now):

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[Old photo by Honey Jets; new photo by Google Maps]

Back when you could see the Bay Bridge from Dolores Park

Here’s the view from the park back in 2008 (from a post where I was sort of complaining about how that lone high rise was blocking our view of the bridge’s westernmost tower):

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You can see the Bay Bridge!

Also in 2008, some bloggers at Curbed SF made an prediction about how the SF skyline would evolve:

Now, basically a decade later, they’re pretty much dead right. Here’s the view today:

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No bridge.

[Top photo by Moncrief Speaks]

Cliff House in the 1950s, covered in neon

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Almost as good as Market Street in the 1950s, covered in neon!

[via Found Photos]

BONUS: Cliff House long before that, looking very different…

[via Nika]

Market Street at night, 1950s

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[via Found Photos]

Remembering Mariachi’s

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Mariachi’s, located at 16th and Valencia and beloved for its wide variety of different veggie options, closed in 2010.

[via Ariel Dovas on Twitter]

UPDATE: Scandalous!!!!!

Vintage photos of vintage protests in 1960s SF

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[via Found Photos, more here]

When the SF Examiner used the Burger Records/Louis C.K. font to announce the invasion at Normandy

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It’s official! lol ;)

[via Jessica Christian]