Tartine and Bi-Rite a million years ago

[Photos courtesy of SF History Center / SF Public Library, via Katy Hill]

Back when the most expensive concert ticket in town was Led Zeppelin

And it was $11.50.

Tonight you can see an LCD Soundsystem *cover band* at Verdi Club for $15.

[via Emma]

Double-decker Golden Gate Bridge

I think we’ve probably seen this before, but it’s been making the rounds on Tumblr again lately, and in light of today’s bummer bridge news I thought we could all just take it in once again and think happy thoughts :)

[via Bone Surf]

1974 at Paco’s Tacos

Mission Local made a great new video with archival footage from 1974 and brought some of the people back to continue the interview in present day. More context and discussion on their site.

Rail bridge over Dolores Street

UPDATE: Lots more info over at Burrito Justice.

Back when Amoeba was a bowling alley

[via Amoeba]

I remember Valencha

In a post called “I Remember Valencha,” local blog Ticklefight takes a look back at a Valencia Street of the not-so-distant past:

KFC used to own this stretch and they knew it. For blocks and blocks you could smell it, sometimes all the way up to the other KFC on 14th or the Taco Bell near Saint Luke’s.

The 26 would get you all over, that is if it ever showed up. Plenty of seats and hardly any riff-raff.

The Gardens on 15th were a jungle and you stayed away if you could because you knew better.

Read on for the scoop on $2 slices and some pondering about the future of La Rondalla.

Also, let’s all be sure to read former Mission Mission editor Kat Malinowska’s stirring remembrance of the 26-Valencia (sample excerpt: “Riding the 26 always made me feel like I was taking public transit in Santa Barbara”).

Bars on Mission Street at the turn of last century harbored even more mustaches than bars of today

As Patti Dillion explains to the Bernal Heights History Project:

This is a photo of the interior of Dolan’s Bar which was at 3311 Mission St from about 1897 to 1919.  The Dolan Bros were:

  • William T
  • John E – her great grandfather and member of the SFPD
  • Michael H – also of the SFPD
  • Lawrence J – plumber by trade and elected to the CA State Assembly & Sheriff of San Francisco, appointed Sealer of Weights and Measures (second from the left in the photo)

Says Patti: “I’m wondering if someone has a photo of the exterior of the building from about the same time. I would love to see what it looked like back then.”

Can anyone help her out?

Market Street in the late ’90s

Local historian David Enos just unearthed this blurry but evocative photograph of the scene on Market Street in the late ’90s. Don’t you wanna just dive in and swim around in it?

Grand boulevards and ornate gardens slicing through the Mission

That strip of parkland between Mission Street and South Van Ness was gonna be called “Mission Arcade.” And the one running east-west was “Mission Parkway.” And how helpful would those diagonals be when biking from Dear Mom to El Rio??

Bernalwood dug this up; here’s the story:

A few weeks ago, I took Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter to visit the new Exploratorium. While we were there, we wandered down a long hallway and into the Bay Observatory Gallery at the northeast corner of the museum. And in the Bay Observatory Gallery, we found a very cool collection of maps [...]

[T]he Cub Reporter was fascinated with a map visualization created by the amazing Eric Fischer (which quite speaks well of her).

Simultaneously, your Bernalwood editor was intrigued by a map of an ambitious redevelopment plan that envisioned San Francisco as a kind of Paris by the Bay, with grand boulevards and ornate gardens slicing through our familiar street grid.

Read on for a bunch more maps and history.

Now let’s rock out: