Open Shutter to the Past: San Francisco in Pictures – Drinking on Skid Row (1949)

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Welcome back to Photo Friday – my little way of taking a break from San Francisco Real Estate and instead blogging about our great City’s past instead. All photos are published with permission from the San Francisco History Center and San Francisco Public Library.

This has been a long rough week – and I can honestly say that I could use a drink or two or maybe even three. So this week – I’ve decided to post a picture of a group of guys from 1949 that look like they’re knocking back a few.
Apparently, the City’s less desirable characters used to party hard in San Francisco’s SoMa District, which believe it or not (you’ll likely believe it) used to be called “Skid Row“.
Based on the photos and some of the text attached, City officials have been trying to clean up that area for some time – and aside from a few sketchy blocks, recent officials have done a lot better than those of the past.
Now – I’m heading for that drink! But I think I’ll be partying with a bit of a different crowd. 🙂 Though I have to say, those are some sharp lookin’ hats!
As always, I hope you enjoyed this week’s Photo Friday and the random bit of San Francisco history it provided you with. Hope you have a great weekend and be safe!

Luba

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