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Shaping San Francisco
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animated map showing the three days of the Great San Francisco fire of 1906 that followed the earthquake.
Topics: 1906 fire, animation, Big One
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Shaping San Francisco
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The eerie, unforgettable sound of Laughing Sal, fixture at Playland for decades, now at the Musee Mecanique.
Topics: Laughing Sal, doll, Playland
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers remembers the Hunter's Point uprising in the wake of the police shooting of Matthew Johnson.
Topics: Hunter's Point Riot, Hunter's Point, Bayview, uprising, rebellion, 1966, national guard, Mayor...
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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shot from a canoe off Pier 33 looking up at Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill.
Topics: Telegraph Hill, SF Bay, Coit Tower
Shaping San Francisco
by Curt Sanford
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Curt Sanford explores San Francisco's eastern shoreline by kayak, from approximately Mission Creek to Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. His look at the old industrial waterfront includes great histories of various buildings in the old Naval Shipyard, as well as a good history of the Grain Terminal in Islais Creek, along with amazing shots of mysterious tags in dark spaces, brilliant murals, images of pelicans and herons and seals and more! Based on a presentation he gave at Heron's Head...
Topics: kayak, shoreline, piers, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, Islais Creek, Ordnance Building, Heron's...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Shaping San Francisco
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Dramatized rendition of speech by Denis Kearny in 1877, denouncing Chinese workers and capitalists in equal parts. Recorded by Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project, 1980.
Topics: Denis Kearny, Workingmen's Party, 1877, riots, racism
Shaping San Francisco
by Caitlin Manning
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The infamous Geneva Towers housing project was imploded to make way for improved public housing.
Topics: public housing, Geneva Towers, implosion
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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Harry Hay, venerable co-founder of modern Gay movement, tells about being in crowd during 1934 waterfront strike in San Francisco, how militia was shooting into crowd, and bullets whizzed past his head.
Topics: Harry Hay, 1934 General Strike, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he worked with the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) in the early 1960s during the lengthy anti-discrimination campaigns that targeted the Palace Hotel, supermarkets, Mel's Drive-in, Auto Row, and other locales in San Francisco. It was a time when racial discrimination in employment was the rule in liberal SF.
Topics: CORE, Congress on Racial Equality, picket lines, Lucky's, Safeway, Mel's Drive-in, Palace Hotel,...
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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A brief aerial glimpse of the Mission Bay railyards in 1963. This is a short excerpt from the Prelinger Archives' "Lost Landscapes #1" which was originally launched as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series in 2006.
Topics: Mission Bay, railroads, rail, aerial, 1963, industry, Mission Creek
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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From the Prelinger Archives Lost Landscapes of San Francisco programs, a harrowing ride onto an on-ramp of the Embarcadero Freeway in 1957 before the skyway was complete or open... hold on to your hat! (no audio)
Topics: Embarcadero freeway, 1957, San Francisco, waterfront, highways
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, on San Francisco's storied "Freeway Revolt," is the 5th of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it will whet your appetite for both buying the book (available at...
Topics: freeway, freeway revolt, Sue Bierman, Embarcadero Freeway, Central Freeway, Malvina Reynolds,...
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video is the second of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it will whet your appetite for both buying the book (available at...
Topics: racism, underground railroad, Mary Ellen Pleasant, Archy Lee, 1850s, gold rush, slavery, Fugitive...
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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Ruth Gravanis, longtime San Francisco ecological activist and former board member of San Francisco Tomorrow and Mission Creek Conservancy, along with Karen Pickett, original member of the Berkeley Ecology Center's recycling program, as well as a longtime participant in Earth First! and forest preservation campaigns, both tell important stories about the history of recycling in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Topics: recycling, ecology, Ecology Emerges, Berkeley Ecology Center, Brisbane, incinerator, NIMBY
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he met the Panthers of San Francisco, and the Oakland-based Black Panthers, and the ways the two were different, and ultimately came to influence each other.
Topics: Black Panthers, Oakland, civil rights, black power
Shaping San Francisco
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San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes the civil disobedience he participated in with 18 other young men in 1970 when the SF Police Department tried to impose a new mandatory ID card on all black males between 16-25 years old, ostensibly to help their investigation into the mysterious Zebra killings.
Topics: Zebra killers, apartheid, ID cards, African American, black San Francisco, 1970, SF Police...
Shaping San Francisco
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scenes of Japanese-Americans being shipped out of the Fillmore on their way to "internment".
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Topics: Japanese Internment, WWII, war crimes
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
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Topics: Presidio, Gay Sex, Harry Hay
Shaping San Francisco
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Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
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Topics: mud people, financial district, anarchy
Shaping San Francisco
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Difficult to discern, but President Teddy Roosevelt is in a procession heading up Van Ness in this short clip.
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Topics: Teddy Roosevelt, Van Ness, parade
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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Oscar Grande, longtime organizer at PODER, describes how his mother, a Salvadoran immigrant, worked at Levi's on Valencia for decades.
Topics: Levi's, immigrants, Salvadoran, El Salvador, seamstress, sewing, garment work, Excelsior
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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Scenes from the chaotic 3rd birthday Critical Mass bike ride in San Francisco
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Topics: Critical Mass, bicycles, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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Taxi driver Mat Callahan gives us a tour of San Francisco and his takes on labor, politics, culture, and community.
Topics: Tour, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
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Dedication of Dewey Monument in Union Square, c. 1903. St. Francis Hotel visible behind scene.
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Topics: Union Square, Dewey Monument, 1903
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes his childhood experience of a friendly policeman named Eddie who helped him transition from the black school in the Fillmore where he started to the white school (Argonne Elementary) in the Richmond where he moved in 1954. But his childhood experiences, while still influential, are ultimately unraveled by the casual but brutal racism that characterizes the relationship between white police officers and black citizens.
Topics: police, San Francisco Police, racism, police brutality
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Art & Politics:  Seth Eisen "OUT of Site" Seth Eisen and James Metzger and collaborators Colin Creveling, Rayan Hayes, Mary Vice, and Diego Gomez bring to life research and performance excerpts from Eye Zen Presents's newest project (a collaboration with Shaping SF)—a series of queer history performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco.    This performative talk explores the ways that queer people have historically created community, how our...
Topics: queer, gay, homosexual, history, historiography, assimiliationism, essentialism, Cockettes, Charles...
Shaping San Francisco
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panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
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Topics: PPIE, World's Fairs, Marina District
Shaping San Francisco
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Ruth Mahaney and Molly Martin, interviewed  in late 2018 and early 2019 respectively, remember early encounters with feminist bookstores and lesbian printing.
Topics: bookstores, printing presses, printshops, lesbians, gay, Modern Times
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer
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Reel 1, unemployed youths loiter on street corners, listen to revolutionist orators, and display apathy and lack of ambition. Pres. Roosevelt signs the CCC bill. Recruits arrive at Army processing centers: billets are assigned, mess is served, and clothing is issued. Recruits leave for the processing centers, arrive at Army camps, and pitch tents and construct buildings. Roosevelt visits a camp. Reel 2, recruits fall in for reveille; eat breakfast; construct roads, bridges, and culverts; clear...
Topics: Civilians, Drainage, Floods, Forests and forestry, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Roosevelt...
Shaping San Francisco
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Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
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Topics: riot, White Night, Harvey Milk
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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Artist Pele DeLappe describes her encounter at age 15 with Frieda Rivera (Kahlo), sitting around painting and smoking cigarettes together, while Diego Rivera was painting the San Francisco Stock Exchange mural (c. 1930)
Topics: Frieda Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Pele DeLappe
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers remembers the early Willie Brown when he was an attorney at Scott and Sutter, and details the attitudes of the black community towards one of "its" most illustrious and well-known leaders, up to and including the enormous disillusionment he left behind.
Topics: Willie Brown, corruption, black San Francisco, African American, Fillmore, Hunter's Point, Bayview,...
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the operation of a NYA farm at Weiser, Idaho. Boys finish construction of a dormitory, dig a ditch for a septic tank, grade a road, bale hay, plow, feed chickens and pigs, weld steel ladders, and erect a fire escape. Girls wash clothes, take dictation, sew clothes, attend a dressmaking class, and serve meals. National Archives Identifier: 37244 Local Identifier: 119.23 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration....
Topics: Agriculture Cooperative, Highway construction, Home economics, Motion pictures, Work, Living New...
Shaping San Francisco
by Mike Kavanaugh, MaryEllen Churchill, and Kathy Katz
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A 47-minute documentary about San Francisco's "The Farm," which was a remarkable urban laboratory and creative space, in addition to being a farm with animals, vegetables, fruit trees, farmers, circus performers, discussions, performance, punk rock shows, and much much more...
Topics: The Farm, Jack Wickert, Bonnie Ora Sherk, urban farming, urban gardening, circus, children,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Elizabeth Creely
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Elizabeth Creely describes the semi-magical spot known as Kite Hill, with its amazing views, its surprising surroundings, and its role in San Francisco.
Topics: Kite Hill, hills, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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Former Redevelopment official Carlo Middione tells the story of providing a building in the late 1960s to Angela Davis and "her group" at Fillmore and Golden Gate, and the surprising thing that happened as a result.
Topics: Angela Davis, black power, arsenal, arms, 1960s, Redevelopment Agency
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes the exciting and incomparable "scene" at Hippie Hill, where he was a dancer during the mid-1960s, and was in the middle of the cultural experiments of the period.
Topics: Hippie Hill, African dance, 1965, acid, LSD, Golden Gate Park, hippies, beatniks
Shaping San Francisco
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West Portal tunnel under construction, Portola Drive cutting through empty surrounding hillsides.
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Topics: West Portal, Portola Drive, Sutro Forest
Shaping San Francisco
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Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
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Topics: Earthquake, Fire, 1906
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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This is an excerpt from a 2 hour interview, part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history collection, with long-time San Francisco environmental writer Harold Gilliam. In this short clip he tells how he was lured to Washington DC to work for the Stewart Udall Interior Dept. under LBJ, where he was able to help derail plans to run a northern Bay Bridge from apx. Telegraph Hill to Angel Island to a new freeway up the Tiburon Peninsula.
Topics: Freeways, bridges, San Francisco, US Dept. of Interior, Stewart Udall, Angel Island
Shaping San Francisco
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Raw footage of 1976 San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade on Polk Street. The Gay Latino Alliance (GALA) contingent passes through at a certain point. Original footage courtesy Oddball films ( https://www.oddballfilms.com/clip/90003_42756_02)
Topics: Gay, Lesbian, Freedom Day Parade, 1970s, 1976, Polk Street, Polk Gulch
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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Thomas Fleming, former editor of SF Sun Reporter, tells how then Mayor Roger Lapham wondered in a 1946 press conference when the thousands of African-Americans who had come to work in SF during WWII would return to the South. Fleming sets him straight.
Topics: Fleming, African-Americans in SF, Mayor Lapham
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Patricia Rodriguez reading an excerpt from her article "Mujeres Muralistas" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78", edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation, 2011.
Topics: Murals, public art, latino, women, Mujeres Muralistas, Mission
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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Carlo Middione, who arrived in North Beach as a young man in the mid-1950s, describes what going to the Black Cat was like in those early years of his time in San Francisco.
Topics: Black Cat, gay bars, Jose Sarria, bohemian, North Beach
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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Saul Bloom of ARC/Ecology in San Francisco describes his history as a Greenpeace staffer and early involvement in anti-nuke politics, with a focus on the campaign to stop the homeporting of the USS Missouri in San Francisco in the 1980s. The USS Missouri, during Reagan's administration, was slated to be redesigned to carry cruise missiles and thus become a first-strike launching pad for nuclear war.
Topics: Nuclear weapons, nukes, anti-nuke, USS Missouri, homeporting, Fleet Week
Shaping San Francisco
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he became involved with the food giveaway which was the ransom demanded by the Symbionese Liberation Army of the Hearst family for the then-kidnapped Patty Hearst.
Topics: People In Need (PIN), food giveaway, SLA, Patty Hearst, William Randolph Hearst, ransom, 1974,...
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by Chris Carlsson
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Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
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Topics: Seal Rock, Pacific Ocean, Cliff House view
Shaping San Francisco
by Biker-X
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footage of the chaotic July 1997 ride in which Mayor Brown unleashed the police to attack bicyclists.
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Topics: bicycles, Critical Mass, police riot
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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Silent footage from the Prelinger Archive, edited to focus on Chinatown, with a few seconds of Chinatown Telephone operators working their switchboards.
Topics: Chinatown, Telephone operators, switchboards, San Francisco, 1920s
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, offering a brief overview of the San Francisco Diggers and their impact on the politics of the 1960s and beyond, is the 11th of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it...
Topics: Diggers, free, Panhandle, food, food conspiracy, free stores, food giveaway, life performance,...
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by Shaping San Francisco
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Peter Berg, an original San Francisco Digger, describes how their ubiquitous poster image called "1% Free" came to be, detailing the origin of the photo, the soruce of 1% in the Hells Angels at the time, and the production and distribution of the poster itself.
Topics: Diggers, Peter Berg, 1% Free, Free, Hells Angels, Chinatown, Arnold Genthe
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Mirjana Blanksneship reads from her article "The Farm by the Freeway" in the book 'Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: ecology, The Farm, urban agriculture, art
Shaping San Francisco
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Ferlinghetti in his Potrero Hill home in 1965, ruminating on San Francisco
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Topics: Ferlinghetti, Potrero Hill, poetry
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Sarolta J. Cump
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Sarolta Jane C. gives an audio memory of Woodward's Gardens, one of San Francisco most storied amusement parks in the 19th century. Situated between Guerrero and Valencia, 14th and 15th, it featured a small zoo, beer garden, and much more. Originally on "Long Ago and Right Now" an Audiozine about San Francisco, produced by Sara Jaffe and Melissa Klein in Spring 2004.
Topics: Woodward's Gardens, 19th century San Francisco, amusement parks, zoo, beer gardens
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Excerpted from Jay Kinney's essay "The Rise and Fall of the Underground Comix Movement in San Francisco and Beyond" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Comix, Mission District, politics, art
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, offering a short account of the epic Los Siete de la Raza case in 1969-70 and the movement that arose out of it, is the 12th of just over a dozen "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it will...
Topics: Los Siete de la Raza, Los Siete, Committee to Defend Los Siete, latino, latina, Mission District,...
Shaping San Francisco
by Mary Ellen Churchill
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Alejandro Murguia, who fought in the 1978 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, describes the role San Francisco played in the uprising.
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Topics: Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Bernal Heights
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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Former editor of San Francisco Sun Reporter, Thomas Fleming, gives his account of the 1966 Hunter's Point Riot, which led to three days of martial law in some neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Topics: Thomas Fleming, 1966 Hunter's Point riot, Black San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue
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excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
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Topics: abortion, women, Operation Rescue
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3 seconds of the Cliff House from Ocean Beach, people milling about on the beach in the foreground.
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Topics: Cliff House, Ocean Beach, 1900
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Roberta Bobba, longtime owner of Jug's Liquors at Market and Church, as well as a number of other establishments over the years, interviewed in 2018 at her apartment in Alameda, and Molly Martin, interviewed in early 2019 in San Francisco, offer contrasting memories on the impact of AIDS on their lives, on the lesbian community, and San Francisco.
Topics: AIDS, HIV, death, epidemic, survival, Valencia Rose, Josie's Cabaret, comedy, Gay Men's Chorus
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Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over twenty-five films.  His work explores our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. A selection of his films had theatrical runs at the Film Forum in New York and at theaters around the country. His most recent films...
Topics: Filmmaker, award winner, San Francisco
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Silent footage from the Prelinger Archive of streetcars and the Belt Line railroad in San Francisco in the 1920s.
Topics: streetcars, Belt Line Railroad, Market Street, 1920s, White Front cars, Roar of the Four
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by Chris Carlsson
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Footage shot from a canoe ride under the Bay Bridge takes a look back at the San Francisco waterfront from under the bridge.
Topics: Bay Bridge, SF Bay, waterfront
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Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917.
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Topics: steam shovel, digging tunnels, excavation
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Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
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Topics: WWI, San Francisco, 1918
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Haight Ashbury Community Radio dramatizes the women's suffrage movement in this short clip.
Topics: Suffrage, Women's Vote, temperance
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Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
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Topics: John Muir, Hetch Hetchy, San Francisco water system
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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The (in)famous satirical news coverage by Wes "Scoop" Nisker on KSAN-FM radio in the mid-1970s was issued on an LP in 1977 and this is Side B... B1 I'm A Turkey, Not A Ford B2 Tantric Boogie B3 Kissinger My Brezhnev B4 Natural Calamities and Unnatural Acts B5 The Double-Breasted Sutra B6 The Apocalyptic Bicentennial Conspiracy Show B6 Kundalini Cowboy Lead Vocals –  Phil Marsh (2)
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Topics: Gerald Ford, 1970s, Henry Kissinger, Cold War, comedy, satire, Scoop Nisker, Last News Show, oil...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Willy Lizárraga gives an incredible one-man performance of the history of San Francisco's Carnaval. Fast-changing hats and voices, accompanied by a slide show of historic images from Lou Dematteis and others of those early days.
Topics: Carnaval, Mission Distrct, 1979, festival, public space
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Excerpted from Tomas Sandoval's essay "All Those Who Care About the Mission, Stand Up With Me!" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation. This excerpt is read by Adriana Camarena.
Topics: Mission, MCO, Mission Coalition Organization, latino, latinidad, Hispanic
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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A four-part radio series based on the Public Talk at CounterPULSE in April 2006, featuring Kevin Epps, Alicia Schwartz of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), and Espanola Jackson of Bayview-Hunters Point.
Topic: gentrification, African-American, San Francisco, redevelopment, Bayview-Hunter's Point,
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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From AM radio (the first mass media) before WWII and how it shaped San Francisco, Auto Row AM-radio to the 1960s underground FM radio to the present era of podcasting, we will trace the paths of media, technology, audience and producers. Joe Lerer (KFRC and KSAN), Monkey (PirateCat Radio), George Epileptic (KUSF) and Chris Carlsson (Shaping San Francisco. Recorded January 14, 2009 at CounterPULSE, part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series).
Topics: radio, AM, FM, web, broadcast, community, media, underground
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Revolutionary and journalist John Ross describes the efforts of Mission Rebels and militants of the Progressive Labor Party to blockade the Mission Armory in solidarity with the uprising in Hunter's Point.
Topics: Hunter's Point riot, 1966, Armory, Mission Rebels, Progressive Labor Party
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Haight Ashbury Community Radio dramatization of water lot speculation in early San Francisco.
Topics: real estate, water lots, speculation
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Regina Alioto describes her great-grandfather Pietro Alioto and his successful candy and ice cream store on Lombard and Mason in San Francisco.
Topics: Italian, Alioto, North Beach, Prohibition
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edited from silent footage from the Prelinger Archive to collect the images of Powell Street cable car turnaround and some shots going up and down Powell too.
Topics: Powell Street, cable cars, 1920s
Living New Deal Project
by Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
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RURAL ELECTRIFICATION IN OHIO features three films commissioned by Rural Electrification Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and created by legendary filmmakers Pare Lorentz and Joris Ivens. The landmark 1940 documentary Power and the Land tells the story of the Parkinson family, farmers in rural Ohio who electrified their farm with the help of a REA loan. Before electrification, work was done in old-fashioned, manual-labor intensive ways—water was carried by hand from the...
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Topics: Pare Lorentz, rural electrification, farms, electricity, horsepower, water
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Health inspectors walk up Chinatown alley
Topics: Chinatown, plague, alleys
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, showing the remarkable protests that rocked City Hall against the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), is the 10th of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it...
Topics: HUAC, House UnAmerican Activities Committee, anti-communism, students, student protest, City Hall,...
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, on the remarkable carving and flattening of hills throughout San Francisco's history, is the 8th of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix) turned into short videos. I hope it will whet your appetite for...
Topics: hills, steamshovels, sand dunes, Broadway cut, 2nd Street Cut, Rincon Hill, Irish Hill, Long...
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Martha Senger, a Goodman Building stalwart, describes briefly the history of small artist residential hotels in San Francisco.
Topics: Goodman Group, Goodman Building, Hotaling, residential hotels
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buchla box sound
Topics: electronic music, buchla box, buchla
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Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER, describes growing up in the Excelsior and how his family was so frugal that recycling all sorts of things was just common sense for them. Originally interviewed as part of the "Ecology Emerges" project of Shaping San Francisco in 2011.
Topics: recycling, reuse, frugality, Excelsior, Salvadoran, immigrants
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Nina Serrano, longtime activist and poet, describes living in San Francisco during the 1965-67 period, raising her children in what was in fact a fairly utopian moment in history.
Topics: Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, hippies, freaks, revolution, culture, peace, love
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A Summer of Love poem/rap by San Francisco legend "Diamond Dave" Whitaker.
Topics: Summer of Love, Diamond Dave Whitaker, spoken word
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Longtime activist Nina Serrano describes how she became a poet and writer and a contributor (along with her husband and son) to the San Francisco Good Times  newspaper... and how it led her to reclaim her original last name!
Topics: journalism, poetry, 1960s, Good Times, underground press, feminism
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audio of street noise during 1991 State Building mini-riot in San Francisco.
Topics: riot, police, violence, 1991, gay, State Building
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A silent bike ride around the top of Bayview Hill in San Francisco. Views to all directions, and a full circumnavigation of the upper road.
Topics: Bayview Hill, bicycling, views, San Francisco, Visitacion Valley, Hunter's Point
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footage of 1994 Carnival in SF proceeding on 24th Street.
Topics: Carnival, Mission, Music
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short excerpt from documentary "Stripped Bare" highlighting the sex-positive retail operation Good Vibrations, a long-time resident on Valencia Street in the Mission.
Topics: Good Vibrations, sex-positive, vibrators
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of Local 10 ILWU, describes the role of containerization in the global economy.
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Molly Martin, interviewed in February 2019, and Ruth Mahaney, interviewed in December 2018, speak about their memories of lesbian bars in the 1970s and 1980s.
Topics: lesbians, LGBTQ, bars, dykes, butch dykes, fights, Amelia's, Scott's, Kelly's, Mission District...
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Excerpted from Matthew Roth's essay "Coming Together: The Communal Option" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: communes, Kaliflower, coops, underground press
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John Ross - Marxist. Maoist, Journalist, Revolutionary:  One of the leaders of the Progressive Labor Party in San Francisco.  He was involved in progressive movement in the 1960's and 70's.  Was instrumental in rent strikes and the Tenants' Union for the betterment of urban housing in San Francisco.
Topics: Marxist, Journalist, Progressive, Labor, Housing
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The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
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canoe ride into Mission Creek before the freeway was reconfigured or Mission Bay was built.
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Lifelong Bernal Heights resident George Will describes growing up in the marshland near the Old Clam House on Bayshore Blvd. in the 'teens.
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Topics: Islais Creek, wetlands, Bernal Heights
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Excerpted from Mary Jean Robertson's essay "Reflections from Occupied Ohlone Territory" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Ohlone, American Indian Center, Alcatraz, Indian rights
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by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On flood relief operations of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Pennsylvania. Flood-damaged goods are shoveled out of stores in Sharpsburg. Debris and mud are cleaned from streets and dumped in the Allegheny River. Safety instructions are posted on telephone poles in McKees Rocks. Water is distributed by gasoline trucks. Salvation Army units dispense food to WPA workers. Flood-battered furniture is removed from New Kensington homes. Flood waters stand in Johnstown streets. An inclined...
Topics: Floods, Motion pictures, Pennsylvania, Salvation Army, Living New Deal