Spanish mission, New Spain, Mexico, US, 1776-.
Mexican-American War, Alta California to US, 1846-48.
Gold rush, making of San Francisco, 1848-55.
San Francisco Examiner, 1863-.
San Francisco Chronicle, 1865-.
A Trip Down Market Street: San Francisco from 8th Street down Market Street to the Ferry Building, shot by the Miles Brothers from the front of a cable car. The Library of Congress had dated it to September 1905, based on the state of construction of buildings, but an ad in the New York Clipper on April 28 1906 claims that it was shot a week before the earthquake of April 18. The uploader says “Stunden”, hours. Number plate evidence dates it to no earlier than February. Cars were recruited to circle around the camera. About the film.
Bubonic plague, 1900-04.
Earthquake and fire, 1906.
Trailer for San Francisco, 1936 movie directed by WS Van Dyke, starring Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, about “the lusty days when the Barbary Coast was the boldest district from Singapore to Paris”:
Earthquake; but was even the Barbary Coast this lusty at 5.13 am?:
San Francisco Symphony, 1911-.
San Francisco Opera, 1923-.
Golden Gate Bridge construction 1933-37.
Bridge opening, 1937:
Colour film by Harold T O’Neal, August 1940, so pre-war, via GLBT Historical Society:
Thousands of gay servicemen and women were dishonourably discharged, 1941-45. Many were processed out in San Francisco. Some settled there rather than going home. The city became a magnet for others.
City Lights Bookstore, 1953.
Roy Harris, eighth symphony, San Francisco, 1961-62.
Paul Hoefler Productions, bland travelogue and history with no mention of earthquake, 1963:
Emergence of Castro as hub, circa 1970.
Election and assassination of Harvey Milk, 1978.
AIDS, June 5 1981-, first reported cases, though they were in LA.
June 28 1969 (Stonewall riots, New York) to June 5 1981 is a US era. June 5 1981 to July 16 1996 (close of 11th AIDS conference, Vancouver, where HAART therapy was promulgated) is another.
Jan Morris, Independent, circa January 1991, reprinted in Locations, OUP, 1992:
“A lady leaning from her balcony admires the flowers and foliage in the gully below and remarks to me out of the blue, as I come sauntering by, ‘Sometimes I thank God just for making that particular tree down there.’”
Russian America (old post).