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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
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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
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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
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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,...
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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...
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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
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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,...
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Another clip from the 1996 video interview with Mattachine Society founder Harry Hay in which he describes the absence of language to describes gays in the 1930s. The word "homosexual" wasn't even in the dictionary until about 1939, so he recounts how men in the community back then would refer to each other as "that way" or on a good day as "temperamental."
Topics: gay, gay identity, homosexual, 1930s, sociology, language, self-reference
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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
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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...
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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
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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
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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
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video is the first of a "baker's dozen" of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and another 44 "stops" in an appendix of five walking tours) turned into short videos. I hope it will whet your appetite both for buying the book (get it at...
Topics: Mission, Indigenous, Ohlone, slavery, Indian slavery, Franciscans, Serra, Mission Dolores, Chula...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Diagrams and time-lapse photography are used to show the life cycle of the pea plant. The seed sprouts, roots grow downward, and the stem upward, tentacles coil around a string for support, and the pea flower opens. Describes the fertilization of the egg cells, division of the seed, growth of the pod, and liberation of the seeds. National Archives Identifier: 12353 Local Identifier: 69.39 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) *...
Topics: Botany, Motion pictures, Living New Deal, pea plant
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Julie Hernandez, IPOC member and Shellmound Peace Walker is interviewed by Jacob Sheynin about her experiences on the 4-5 Peace Walks that have taken place over the past few years.
Topics: indigenous, IPOC, shellmounds, native american, peace
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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...
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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
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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
Living New Deal Project
by U.S. Department of the Interior
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1948, 21:10 minutes Produced by the US Dept. of the Interior Filmed by the Bonneville Power Administration Produced and Written by Stephen B. Kahn Songs by Woody Guthrie Congress had passed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937 to distribute the electricity generated at Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams on the Columbia River.  The law said publicly-created utilities had preference, or first choice, on that power; investor-owned utilities could buy any surplus. The law also provided a block of...
Topics: Bonneville Power Administration, Woody Guthrie, Columbia River, Washington, dams, power, rivers,...
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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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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...
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by Glenn Bachmann
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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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Topics: Punk, Vats, Brewery
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Health inspectors walk up Chinatown alley
Topics: Chinatown, plague, alleys
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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 the odd and hilarious saga of the early 20th century  Eucalpytus "Wood Rush," is the 9th 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...
Topics: Eucalyptus, hardwood, hardwood famine, hucksters, hustle, get-rich-quick, woodlands, Sutro Forest,...
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...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in New York City. Shows warehouses and streets under construction in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Wharves are repaired, sewer pipe laid, and street car tracks removed. Buildings are razed along East River Drive. The New York Public Library is reroofed. Relief maps of the city are made. A stained glass window is placed in the West Point Academy dining hall. Children receive instruction in handicraft. Retarded readers receive instruction. Shows nursery...
Topics: Buildings, Department of Defense. Department of the Army. U.S. Military Academy. (09/18/1947 - ),...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Alvin Duskin and Jerry Mander describe the amazing story of Lamar Hunt's attempt to purchase Alcatraz from San Francisco in the late 1960s, and how they stopped it.
Topics: Alcatra, Apollo 8, Victorian San Francisco, Oil Terminal, Lamar Hunt
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by Chris Carlsson
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video looks at the long debate over whether there was a fresh water lake in the Mission, confused with the tidal lagoon called Laguna Dolores. It is the 15th and final of just over a dozen short videos of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the...
Topics: Laguna Dolores, fresh water lake, Mission Dolores, Mission district, creeks, aquifers, tidal inlet,...
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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
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Craig Baldwin is a San Francisco experimental filmmaker.  He was born in Oakland, California and created his own found footage style of filmmaking in such works as Wild Gunman (1978), RocketKitKongoKit (1986), Tribulation 99 (1991, O No Coronado! (1992), Sonic Outlaws (1995), Spectres of the Spectrum (1999), and Mock Up on Mu (2008).
Topics: Experimental, Films Bruce Conner, Craig Baldwin
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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
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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
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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,...
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by Chris Carlsson
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Pelicans soar across the water in front of the San Francisco skyline.
Topics: pelicans, SF Bay, waterfront
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Oscar Grande, longtime organizer at PODER, describes growing up in the Excelsior to a Salvadoran immigrant family, and how the connections between the Excelsior, outer Mission and Mission Districts remained strong throughout his youth.
Topics: immigration, Salvadoran, El Salvador, Levi's, seamstress, Mission, Catholic Church
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by Caitlin Manning
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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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Taxi driver Mat Callahan gives us a tour of San Francisco and his takes on labor, politics, culture, and community.
Topics: Tour, 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
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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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Rosey Jencks, 12-year veteran of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, specializing in water infrastructure, gives a basic overview of the history and structure of the sewage system and watersheds in San Francisco.
Topics: sewers, watershed, box sewers, landfill, wetlands
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by Sruthi Davuluri
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Dr. Gray Brechin describes how Berkeley was founded along the banks of Strawberry Creek and how the University and local businesses came to use the waterway.
Topics: urban creeks, daylighting, Strawberry Creek, UC Berkeley, Berkeley
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by Jim Swanson
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Using the well-worn image of Yerba Buena cove in 1847, this animation dramatizes the rapidity with which it filled up after the Gold Rush, with a voiceover introducing Shaping San Francisco's 1st CD release.
Topics: San Francisco, Yerba Buena Cove, 1847
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Former Redevelopment Agency official Carlo Middione describes working for notorious Agency head Justin Herman and what he was really like.
Topics: Redevelopment Agency, Justin Herman, SFRDA, urban politics
Living New Deal Project
by American Documentary Films Inc.
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1939, 43 mins. Visionary documentary that contrasts the conditions of life in small towns and in the industrialized cities, starting with a brief portrait of pre-industrial United States, then moving into the modern chaotic, industrial and commercial city to reflect on the effects of this environment on family life and the raising of children, and finally proposing a return to a simpler life, in an idyllic "new city" in Maryland, constructed as a New Deal project, to promote proper...
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Topics: city, New york world's fair 1939 1940, world's fair, alienation, nature, city country contrast,...
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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
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The final Urban Forum: Walk n Talk of Fall 2022 took us to Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow. Starting at the Spreckels Mansion at Washington on the north edge of Lafayette Park, we wandered west to visit Tucker Town, Captain Leale's 1853 farmhouse, the Bourn Mansion, and the cluster of Flood mansions near Broadway and Webster. Guest host Gail MacGowan gave great stories and background on the Casebolt Mansion, the churches on Steiner at Green and Union, and ending at the Russian Orthodox church at...
Topics: Churches, parks, cattle, slaughterhouses, Butchertown, water pollution, dairy farms, Beats,...
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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
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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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Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
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Topics: Tom Mooney, Preparedness Day, bomb
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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
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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
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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
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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,...
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A WWII-era view of the corner of 20th and 3rd Streets, near the Bethlehem shipyards during the peak of wartime production. A close look at the working class as it is coming and going from the busiest industrial site in San Francisco, grabbing streetcars and crossing the street, a slice of life. 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: Shipyards, working class, WWII, wartime production, commuting, Dogpatch, Bethlehem Shipyards
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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, 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,...
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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NYA boys learn to use machine tools at various residence centers in Illinois. The boys operate lathes and milling machines, learn to weld, make incubators in a sheet metal shop, pour steel into molds, do blacksmithing work, and attend classes in auto mechanics, mechanical drawing, and radio repairing. Includes views of the meals served and of recreational facilities at the centers (libraries, sports contests, and billiard tables). National Archives Identifier: 37250 Local Identifier: 119.29...
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Topics: Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Steel, Work, Living New Deal
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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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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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Huge anti-Iraq War demonstrations rocked U.S. cities in autumn 2002 and winter 2003. This shows the January 18, 2003 demonstration in San Francisco.
Topics: Anti-Iraq war, San Francisco, protest
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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,...
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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...
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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
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footage of Catholic Feast Day parade on Potrero Hill, April 25, 1937.
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Topics: Potrero Hill, Parade, Feast Day
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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
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First 90 seconds of Chris Carlsson setting up how he's using the FoundSF.org archive to create a narrative arc explaining the context and precursor movements and events to the 1967 Summer of Love. Filmed at the DeYoung Museum on June 30, 2017 by Adriana Camarena.
Topics: public history, history, historiography, storytelling, narrative form, narration, multimedia,...
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Tom Mooney, filmed by his defense team in San Quentin, appeals for a new trial or a death sentence, rather than the endless years in jail... he had already been in jail for 16 years. Excerpt from "The Strange Case of Tom Mooney".
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Topics: Tom Mooney, San Quentin, Preparedness Day
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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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by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows Alabama's State Capitol in Montgomery, the brass star in the floor of its Senate chamber where Jefferson Davis took his oath of office, the Confederate "White House," Dexter Ave., the public square, Exchange Hotel, and Union Stockyards. CCC men dig wells in Marengo County State Park. The ROTC drills at Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn. Art students draw, and tourists swim, picnic, sunbathe, cycle, and ride horses in Shiawassee State Park; CCC men pour concrete and...
Topics: Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Architecture, Auburn (Ala.), Civilians, Hotels, Marengo Lake (Ala.),...
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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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Former Redevelopment Agency official Carlo Middione describes working with Enid Sales and the effort to save old Victorians by moving them from one place to another in the A-1 and A-2 redevelopment projects in the 1960s.
Topics: Redevelopment Agency, Victorians, moving Victorians, architecture, preservation, Western Addition,...
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by Chris Carlsson July 6, 1999, on 1970s Central American Solidarity Movements in San Francisco, their influence on and from the growing gay movement in the city.
Topics: Sandinistas, San Francisco, Gay Movement
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canoe ride into Mission Creek before the freeway was reconfigured or Mission Bay was built.
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Topics: Mission Creek, freeways, Mission Bay
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Roberto Lovato, who grew up on Folsom near 25th Street during the 1970s, describes how his father was involved in the "alternative economy" centered on Hunt's Donuts at 20th and Mission, and how it benefitted his extended Salvadoran families in San Francisco and in El Salvador.
Topics: Crime, Salvadoran community, Mission District
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From the PRelinger Archive's silent footage of San Francisco in the 1920s, this is an edited excerpt featuring the ferries and Ferry Building
Topics: Ferries, Ferry Buildilng, San Francisco
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A strike begins at the Union Iron Works at the foot of Potrero Hill in 1917.
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Topics: Strike, Potrero Hill, Union Iron Works
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n 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 4th 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: roads, Mission Plank Road, Oregon fir, wooden roads, sand dunes, bogs, bridges, bay mud, aquifer,...
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A Walk n Talk through the misty drizzle, starting at 30th Avenue and California and walking over to China Beach. It was the first day of Dungeness Crab season and many small boats were offshore, west of the Golden Gate, and the beach was full of fishermen too. From there we walked through Seacliff and over to the Lobos Creek area and the huge dune restoration project. Following Anza Trail up and behind the former Marine Hospital we paused at the Marine Cemetery overlook, and then headed down...
Topics: China Beach, Seacliff, Lake Street, slow streets, bike lanes, Presidio, restoration, volunteers,...
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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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by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On a typical day at an NYA girls center at Cherrydale Kansas. Girls arise; do calisthenics; breakfast; clean their rooms; cut patterns, design dresses, and use sewing machines; wash clothes; type; do quilting; participate in volleyball, baseball, and tennis games; cook supper; dance with each other; and go to bed. Includes a style show in which girls model clothes they have made. National Archives Identifier: 37249 Local Identifier: 119.28 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War...
Topics: Girls, Motion pictures, Sewing, Work, Living New Deal
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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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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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The longest strike on the West Coast was held in 1971 by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The reasons for the strike were disputed, but as told here by longtime Secretary-Treasurer of Local 10 Herb Mills, the rank-and-file were in revolt against the "steady man" provision (9.43) of the 1966 second version of the Mechanization and Modernization Agreement between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association. This rank-and-file revolt pitted them against Harry Bridges,...
Topics: 1971 strike, longshoremen, ILWU, Harry Bridges, rank and file, steady men, 9.43, crane operators,...
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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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A short film clip from Greta Snider's Our Gay Brothers .  Used by permission of the artist Greta Snider.
Topics: Snider, Film