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San Francisco Home Movie from 1958 – In Living Color

Written by Christopher Alm • March 9th, 2010

For those of you who saw the posts about the Disneyland home movies taken in 1956, only a year after the park opened will most likely appreciate that the author of those videos have found another treasure from his grandparents home movie archive, San Francisco in 1958.

The movie guides us around a few urban scenes, trolley cars and the Golden Gate bridge among many other things. The scene from inside the trolley car reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Vertigo made in the same year. Let’s hope that he next time finds a home movie from New York around the same period. Mad Men anyone?

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • KlaraTava

    Beautiful to see! SF is where I call home, today.

  • Lucky you, always wanted to go there.

  • lovesmarilynm

    How very charming, S.F. must have been a wonderful place back then- unlike the dirty, smelly, crowded and dangerous place it is today. I love how they just jump onto an empty cable car- no standing in line for an hour with a zillion tourists and then being packed together like sardines. And only one car going down lombard st.? Priceless! I'll keep these precious moments from the past in mind the next time I walk down a pee-soaked sidewalk and step over homeless people who are lying all over the place.

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  • I am going to sh are this with my friend Holly, who just moved out to SF.

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