Saturday, February 18, 2017

Grateful Dead & Jefferson Airplane, Golden Gate Park: Then & Now, 28 Sept 1975 and 18 February 2017

I reviewed an article recently published by SFGate. The write-up displayed 65 archival photographs of Golden Gate Park. One photo, in particular, caught my eye. It was photograph #32, a picture of the Grateful Dead at an outdoor concert in 1975. The information about the image stated that the show took place at Lindley Meadow. I decided to go to Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park and identify the location of the concert stage, based on the topographical data shown in the photo. It took me a little while to conclusively determine where the concert took place on that cold, blustery Sunday forty-one years ago. Most members of both bands are still alive; however, some musicians have died, and the bands are no longer active.

This was a free concert by the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane. An estimated 40-50,000 people gathered at Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park on 28 September 1975. This was also the Grateful Dead’s first public performance in nearly a year.

The weather was chilly and overcast, but the weather did not dampen enthusiasm as the 
Jefferson Airplane mounted the stage to a standing hometown ovation, and for the next two hours played their old favorites. "Don't anyone go away!" Paul Kantner shouted over the applause, "The Grateful Dead are coming on!"

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh was the first to plug in and face the audience. The crowd roared its approval. Elsewhere onstage, pianist Keith Godchaux breathed into his cupped hands to keep them warm, while his vocalist wife Donna smiled with the anticipation of singing some of the newer Dead songs. Behind them, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were warming up. Then a leather-jacketed Jerry Garcia stepped forward and sent out a trademark guitar riff, marking the start of a great two-hour concert.



 The Grateful Dead on stage at Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 28 September 1975. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.





Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Golden Gate Park, 28 September 1975. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

 A scene of Golden Gate Park. The view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Latitude and longitude coordinates (37.7692, -122.4862) are shown on this Google Earth map. They indicate the approximate location of the concert stage sited on Lindley Meadow. Click on the image to see the full-size map.

 The Grateful Dead on stage THEN 1975. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

NOW  The approximate location of the concert stage. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.



Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane on stage THEN 1975. The view is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.


 NOW  The approximate location of the concert stage. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

The Grateful Dead on stage THEN 1975. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

NOW  The approximate location of the concert stage. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.



“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Sunday, February 12, 2017

San Francisco Then & Now – The Old Mint: 12 February 2017

The San Francisco Mint was opened in 1854 to manufacture gold coins from gold bullion produced during the California Gold Rush. The mint soon needed a bigger building to process and store the large quantities of gold bullion it was receiving. In 1869 the mint moved to a larger building located at 88 5th Street at Mission Street. That building is now known as the Old Mint, and it is one of the few buildings that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The damage caused to San Francisco by the 18 April 1906 earthquake pales in comparison to the devastation caused by the fifty-two fires that burned through the city for more than three days. There were 315 people killed outright, and 28,000 buildings were destroyed, most by fire. 

The Old Mint was designed by Alfred B. MullettHe planned a building which was built around an enclosed central courtyard that contained a water well, a feature that helped save the building during the fires of April 1906. The building was constructed on a concrete base, the objective of which was to thwart tunneling into the mint's vaults. At the time of the 1906 fire the mint held $300 million dollars in gold, a third of the United States’ gold reserves. Heroic efforts by the employees of the mint saved the building and the gold bullion stored in its vaults. The mint resumed operation soon thereafter. The Old Mint continued to function until 1937 when the currently operating mint was opened on Hermann Street in San Francisco. 



    The Old Mint THEN: 1885. Note the horse-drawn streetcar. The view is looking southwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

    The Old Mint NOW: 12 February 2017Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

 The Old Mint THEN: 18 April 1906. The view is looking southeast

 The Old Mint NOW: 12 February 2017Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The Old Mint sits forlorn amidst total devastation, after it survived both the earthquake and fire. This picture was taken soon after the 18 April 1906 earthquake and fire. The camera was attached to a kite; the view is looking northwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Saturday, February 11, 2017

San Francisco Then & Now – The N-Judah light-rail line: 11 February 2017

The N-Judah Muni Metro light-rail line runs along Judah Street in the Sunset District for much of its length; it is named after railroad engineer Theodore Judah. The N-Judah line connects downtown San Francisco to the Cole Valley and Sunset neighborhoods. The line ends at the Pacific Ocean. It is the busiest light-rail line in the Muni Metro system; it served an average of 41,439-weekday passengers in 2013. The N-Judah line is also the only Muni Metro light-rail line that passes through the Sunset Tunnel. The N-Judah line began operation as a streetcar line in 1928 and was converted to a light-rail transportation system with the opening of the Muni Metro system in 1980.


The below photos were taken in the Inner Sunset neighborhood

The N-Judah Line THEN: 1978. This streetcar is heading west on Irving Street. It is about to turn south onto 9th Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line NOW: 11 February 2017. This two car N-Judah light-rail vehicle is about to leave Irving Street and travel south on 9th Avenue for just one block. After which, the N-Judah light-rail turns west, onto Judah Street, and travels to the end of the line at Ocean Beach, and the Pacific Ocean.  Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line THEN: 1978. This streetcar is heading south on 9th Avenue. Golden Gate Park is visible in the background. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line NOW: 11 February 2017. This two car light-rail vehicle is heading south on 9th Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line THEN: 1975. This streetcar headed south on 9th Avenue for one block before it is about to turn west onto Judah Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line NOW: 11 February 2017. This two car light-rail vehicle is heading south on 9th Avenue just before it is about to turn west onto Judah Street and continue to Ocean Beach, the end of the line. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The distance traveled was approximately 5.8 miles (9.3 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. The cumulative elevation gain was about 374 feet (114 meters), the cumulative elevation descent was 581 feet (177 meters). Click on the image to see the full-size map.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rainy day photos of Berkeley, California: 8 & 9 February 2017


Rain, beautiful rain... A house on Josephine Street, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 Monterey Market is located on Hopkins Street, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The North Berkeley Branch of the Berkeley Public Library is located on The Alameda. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 Cedar Grocery Market is located on Cedar Street at California Street, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 The Berkeley Cheese Board Pizza Collective is located on Shattuck Avenue, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 The bread and pastry area of the Berkeley Cheeseboard Collective in North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 The Hopkins Street shopping area, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 The original Peet’s Coffee Shop is located at the corner of Vine Street and Walnut Street, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 Berkeley Natural Grocery is located on Gilman Street in the Westbrae area of Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

An Olympus TG-4 camera was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Saturday, January 28, 2017

San Francisco's Mission District: 28 January 2017

The 18 April 1906 San Francisco earthquake occurred at 5:12 a.m. Because of the violent and prolonged shaking, which lasted approximately 42 seconds, the earthquake produced significant damage to a large number of buildings. It was also the cause of approximately 52 out-of-control fires that burned unabated for approximately three days. The many fires slowly worked their individual ways through a large area of San Francisco, causing death and destruction.


THEN  This picture was taken from Mission Delores Park on 19 April 1906, the day after the earthquake. The view is looking northeast. On the left is Mission High School, which first opened its doors to students in 1896. The school survived the earthquake and fire of 1906, but sadly, it was destroyed by fire in 1922. The high school was rebuilt, and the new campus reopened in 1927. 
All of the houses visible in this picture were, by the end of the day, consumed by flames. The boy at the bottom left of the photo appears distraught. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

NOW  This is a current view of the 19 April 1906 photograph. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

This apartment building is located at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Valencia Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Here is another apartment building. It is located at the northeast corner of 16th Street and Julian Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This is a J Church Muni Metro streetcar heading towards Noe Valley. It is traveling on tracks which are contiguous with the western side of Mission Delores Park. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Mission National Bank is located at 3060 16th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A banda excelente is playing some rocking Mexican music, directly above the underground BART 24th Street Mission train station. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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The Guerrero Hill Market is located on northeast corner of Guerrero Street and 22nd Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or a comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Monday, January 16, 2017

Corona Heights Park, San Francisco, Then & Now: 14 & 16 January 2017

Located above both the Castro District and the Corona Heights neighborhood, sits Corona Heights Park, Buena Vista Park’s southerly sister. The park offers one of the best views in the city. In the early days of San Francisco, the hill was known as Rocky Hill. It was also known for the brick-making kiln and rock quarry sited on the lower southeast side of the hill. The rock quarry and kiln were owned and run by two brothers, George and Harry Gray; they established the rock quarry and brick factory on Rocky Hill in 1899. San Francisco needed stone for ship ballast, construction, street paving, bay fill and other uses, and the Gray brothers provided it. They also had rock quarries on Telegraph Hill and Billy Goat Hill. The brick making kiln on Rocky Hill burned during the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, but rock quarrying continued, and the kiln was rebuilt. 

On 10 November 1914, a desperate 36-year-old former quarry worker named Joseph Lococo approached owner George Gray to urgently request $17.50 due him in back wages. The Sicilian immigrant was ill and was about to be evicted from his house on Arkansas Street. He, his wife and their two babies had not eaten for two days. George Gray refused to pay him and told him to get out. Joseph Lococo then pulled out a gun and shot George Gray to death. Joseph Lococo was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity and walked out of the courtroom a free man. Harry Gray shut down the rock quarry and brick kiln operations in 1915.

In 1928 Josephine Randall the Recreation Superintendent of San Francisco proposed that the City buy the 16 acre Rocky Hill site for recreation; it was purchased by the City in 1941 and named Corona Heights Park. The Randall Museum, located on the lower southwest side of the hill opened in 1951. It was the desire of Josephine Randall to create a place where city children could experience “a day in the country" and learn to love natural history, science, and crafts. Today, the museum offers science exhibits, art and ceramics classes, a theater and a carpentry workshop.

I went to Corona Heights Park on both the 14 and 16 of January 2017 so that I would be able to take pictures of the park from a number of different locations.

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1900      Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

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1900      Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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1900      Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

1900      Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

1900      Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

1900      Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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The distance traveled on 14 January 2017 was approximately 3.9 miles (6.3 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. The cumulative elevation gain was about 778 feet (237 meters). Click on the image to see the full-size map.
A graph of the elevation changes encountered during the walk on 14 January 2017. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.
The distance traveled on 16 January 2017 was approximately 6.7 miles (10.8 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. The cumulative elevation gain was about 997 feet (304 meters). Click on the image to see the full-size map.
A graph of the elevation changes encountered during the walk on 16 January 2017. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.
“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange



The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com