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.

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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]

Remembering Thrift Town (RIP)

This lil list will hardly do the place justice, but we’ve had some good times over the years. My favorite one is still the Lou Reed one, but they’re all (mostly) good:

RIP, ol pal(s).

Mission Street between 21st and 22nd, 6 years ago

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It’s a bit different now.

[via The Tens]