We have a special treat for you today, Hoodliners.
The SFMTA has digitized a fantastic collection of photographs from its archives, including many taken right here in the Lower Haight. We've received permission to publish them here, and we've added their modern-day counterpart views for context.
Without further ado, enjoy this latest installment of before-and-after scenes from around the neighborhood.
(All Images Courtesy of the SFMTA Photo Archive | John Henry Mentz United Railroads Photographer | © 2011 SFMTA | SFMTA.com/photo)
Haight at Fillmore looking east, June 1911 vs June 2014:
Church at Market looking north, 1908 vs June 2014:
Scott at Hayes looking south, June 1917 vs June 2014:
Fillmore at Duboce looking south, March 1910 vs June 2014:
Fillmore at Haight looking north, June 1909 vs June 2014:
Page at Divisadero looking east, June 1918 vs June 2014:
Oak at Scott looking west, May 1915 vs June 2014:
Haight near Webster looking west, May 1911 vs June 2014:
Hermann at Fillmore looking west, October 1909 vs June 2014:
Divisadero at Page looking north, March 1916 vs June 2014:
Church at Market looking north, February 1911 vs June 2014:
Fillmore at Duboce looking north, September 1911 vs June 2014:
Haight at Steiner looking west, November 1914 vs June 2014:
Fillmore at Haight looking north, June 1911 vs June 2014:
A lot stands out in these photos — the lack of trees, the lack of automobiles, the buildings that have vanished and the ones that remain. But we were particularly struck by the fact that not a single person in the neighborhood looked happy to be having their picture taken by a stranger.
Some things never change, apparently.
That's it for now! And to enjoy our previous installments, visit:
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