Hanging out at bars and clubs in the Mission a LONG time ago

Local blogger and photographer Tippity Change had a nice chat with longtime Missionite Curtis Williams:

He listed a number of establishments I’ve never heard of, some of which were owned by people from the neighborhood; all of them long gone- both the owners and the businesses. This story shares the stops at bars/clubs along his routined lurk in the Mission as a young man. Romanticized ? Sure maybe, but it’s pretty clear it that his present day experiences in the Mission pale in comparison as he continues lurking through life & the ever evolving Mission District as it stands today in 2016

Here’s their talk in full:


Modern Times just wasn’t made for these times

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Modern Times is closing up shop. Capp Street Crap reports:

Never quite able to regain its footing since it was forced from Valencia Street in 2011, Modern Times Bookstore Collective is set to close next month after 45 years in business.

According to an announcement on the store’s Facebook page, the progressive book store will shut its doors at 2919 24th St. on Nov. 15. having explored “every possible avenue of support to sustain the store since its displacement from Valencia Street in 2011.

Read on. And like maybe get some early Christmas shopping done there real quick?

[Photo by Steve Rhodes]

What’s in the pocket of those jeans you haven’t worn since 2008?

[via Andrew Sarkarati on Instagram]

Young adults in San Francisco in 2004


Longtime resident David Enos remembers the old days:

Everyone was unbelievably poor, too poor to drink or even have more than one meal some days. We worked like dogs for minimum wage. I think it was 6.25 back then. It was imperative to hold more than one job. Almost no one you knew owned a cell phone or had internet at their house. Sometimes there was communal internet, downstairs on a massive Dell with a thousandfold viruses and mouse covered in the black film of human hands. It was cause for laughter when you’d see a businessman with furrowed brow storming down the street, absorbed in the Blackberry pressed to his ear, getting surprised by car horns. A different time of the world.

Read on for more photos and more story.

Local historian David Enos on what it’s like to be a local historian


In the wake of our post about local historian David Enos’s old photo of the Key Man/Mr. Key storefront on Mission Street, Mr. Enos talked a bit on Facebook about what it’s like to be a local historian:

The neighborhoods honestly did not change all that much for the greater bulk of the two decades I’ve been here. The little laundromat/alteration place in our neighborhood is currently being terraformed into a craft brewery. I just hope they don’t think to install sidewalk seating or a parklet so we have to cringe past yet another pop-up Oracle Convention every day. [link]

Blast from the past: Mission storefront, 2001


Local historian David Enos takes us down memory lane:

The Key Man/Mr. Key in front of his shop, Mission & 19th (2001).


UPDATE: From the comments section…

Mr Keyman was my father, Carlos Vela, he originally worked for one of the major newspapers in El Salvador. He also was also a successful Mission real estate agent, at one time. He was proud being a local entrepreneur and self employed. He had several different businesses, over different periods of time, all in the Mission. He was well known by the local latino community, in his time. He passed away in 2005.

Is there a way I can get a copy of this photo?

It’s weird how the old Cliff House always looks totally fake in old pics, right?


Looks like a background painting in a silent film or something, right? But that’s an actual photograph of an actual building. Maybe it’s because the architecture is so gnarly, it makes us think of something fake we’d only see at Disneyland nowadays? It also looks very precariously — impossibly? — balanced out there on the cliff.

[via Nika]

Whoa, so Sinbad’s is like *GONE*

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RIP :(

(Click that pic if you wanna blow it up.)

Look at this weird tram thing that used to exist in San Francisco

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[via Found Photos]

Old pics of the 22nd and Mission building from long before Popeye’s and fires

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David from OpenSFHistory hipped us to these in the comments section of our last post about the building.

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Thanks, David!