Cable Car Kitsch

by Joe Thompson

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Cable cars are popular subjects for toys and other collectible items. Click on each thumbnail to see a larger version. Use your browser's "Back" button to return.

Thanks to Christopher Steimle for suggesting this page.


Cable car museum collection A collection of kitsch in a case at the Cable Car Museum. August, 2009.


San Francisco Giants Cable Car Items

2012 World Series pin This pin commemorates the Giants' defeat of the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series (No thumbnail). April, 2013 Picture of the Month.
2010 World Series pin This pin commemorates the Giants' defeat of the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series (No thumbnail).
2007 All Star Game pin The Giants hosted the 2007 All Star Game (No thumbnail).
1989 World Series pin The San Francisco Giants issued this pin during their ill-fated Earthquake Series against the Oakland Athletics in 1989.
1987 division champion- pin This pin commemorates the San Francisco Giants winning the National League West in 1987. They lost a seven-game playoff to the Saint Louis Cardinals.
pin A Giants pin.
Giants 1995 pin A Giants 1995 pin.

1963 Giants Yearbook Thumbnail The cover of the 1963 Giants Yearbook features a stylized cable car.

Giants Magazine Thumbnail The cover of a 1986 Giants Magazine, featuring rookie first baseman Will Clark riding on a California Street cable car. Clark went on to have a fine career in the majors, retiring after the 2000 season. April (Spring), 2001 Picture of the Quarter.
Matt Cain Poster A San Francisco Giants 2007 promotional poster showing second year right-hander Matt Cain and a cable car.

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San Francisco 49ers Cable Car Items

49ers throwback program A San Francisco 49ers 2016 program celebrates the teams' 70th anniversary with a throwback image. This was for an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.
49ers 1952 program A San Francisco 49ers 1952 program for a game against the Denver Broncos.
49ers 1950 program A San Francisco 49ers 1952 program for a game against the Los Angeles Rams. There is no cable car, but there is an electric streetcar on Market Street.

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Cable Car Transfers and Tokens

Cable car transfer A 14-May-1955 Powell/Mason transfer issued by the San Francisco Municipal Railway. April, 2002 Picture of the Month.
1941 Cal cable transfer A California Street Cable Railroad transfer from 29-Sep-1942.
Cal cable transfer A transfer issued by the California Street Cable Railroad for the O'Farrell, Jones, and Hyde line before 1952.
Cal cable token A California Street Cable Railroad token. From the San Francisco News, 02-Aug-1951. Accompanying text: "This, kiddies, is a token, good for one ride on the California Street Cable Railroad Co. It isn't worth a plugged nickel today, because those cables just aren't running... Dr. John Haman, harassed physician who is president of Cal Cables, said the line could resume operations only if its insurance - canceled by Lloyds of London after a waitress, injured in an accident, won a $140,000 judgement - could be renewed." (Source: San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, AAC-8116).
MSR tokens Tokens issued by a later incarnation of the Market Street Railway (no thumbnail).
National Airline token Tokens offered to patrons of National Airlines in 1979, good for a ride on a San Francisco cable car.
Melbourne ticket Melbourne cable tramway ticket. Photo courtesy of Ric Francis. Visit his Western Australian Trams site (no thumbnail).

Visit Walter Rice's Cable Car Transfers, Tickets and Tokens.

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Cable Car Souvenir Tickets

In 2002, Muni offered a "San Francisco Cable Car Collectors' Series", which included a $2.00 ticket for a cable car ride and a postcard with an historic image and photos of the construction of Powell Street car 19.
Muni Collectible 1 Thumbnail San Francisco Cable Car Collectors' Series card 01 has a photo of a Clay Street Hill Railroad train.
Muni Collectible 2 Thumbnail San Francisco Cable Car Collectors' Series card 02 has a photo of the old Ferry Building with cable cars and horsecars.
Muni Collectible 3 Thumbnail San Francisco Cable Car Collectors' Series card 03 has a photo of a Sutter Street train.
Muni Collectible 4 Thumbnail San Francisco Cable Car Collectors' Series card 04 has a photo of a Sutter Street grip car near Powell.
Muni Collectible 6 Thumbnail San Francisco Cable Car Collectors' Series card 06 has a photo of a Sutter Street grip car and trailer 54, currently preserved at Washington and Mason, on the twin turntables at the end of the Sutter Street line.
Muni Collectible 8 Thumbnail San Francisco Cable Car Collectors' Series card 08 has a photo of Powell Street car 505 meeting 528 at Powell and California.

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Cable Car Toys

Bachman Cable Car 4 Thumbnail Bachman HO Powell-Mason car 4. My in-laws bought one like this for me to run under the Christmas tree. Notice that it has a Carter roof, rather than a Bombay roof. Main page picture 2004.
Bachman Cable Car 3 Under the Tree Bachman HO Powell-Mason car 3 under the Christmas tree, 2003.

A video showing Bachman HO Powell-Mason car 3 under the Christmas tree, 2006. Gripman Val Lupiz pointed out that my HO Scale gripman would have been in big trouble if he met an HO Scale inspector while running at this speed. Sorry the image is a little dark. Click arrow button to play video. (Adobe Flash is required. Some browsers will require two clicks to start the video.) See more videos on my Cable Car Video page.
cable car Powell Street cable car 26 runs by the airport on the Bay Area Garden Railways Association's G-gauge layout during the 2006 Labor Day Washington Township Railroad Fair at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. Learn more about Ardenwood Farm on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains site. September, 2006.
Toy Cable Car 512 Thumbnail My favorite toy cable car, Number 512. I bought it at a shop on Grant Avenue during the Seventies. I noticed in the store that it was painted in the pre-1944 colors of the Market Street Railway. It is made of tin. It has a friction motor and a bell that rings when it rolls. Main page picture 1998-1999.
Toy Cable Car 512 Front A front view of toy cable car 512. Main page picture 2009.
Toy Cable Car 512 Made in Japan A detail view of toy cable car 512. Main page picture 2012.
Toy Cable Car 504 Thumbnail I have had this toy cable car, Number 504, since I was a child. I vaguely remember that it came in a box covered with pictures of cable cars. It is made of tin. It has a friction motor and a bell that rings when it rolls. Main page picture 2000.
Toy Cable Car 504/2 Thumbnail Another toy Number 504, with standing figures. Main page picture 2007.
Toy Cable Car 504/3 Thumbnail Detail of passengers and crew member on 504. I would guess the guy in blue is supposed to be the gripman, but he is standing outside of the bench. The guy with the glasses would not be allowed to stand where he is on a real cable car. Main page picture 2008.
Toy Cable Car 504/4 Thumbnail Another car 504 with free-standing figures. The conductor and a passenger stand on the rear platform. The bell is visible in the cabin. The brake handle is barely visible by the conductor's arm. This is an unusual detail on a toy cable car. The car is signed for the Powell-Mason line. Main page picture 2015.
Toy Cable Car 504/5 Thumbnail Car 504 with free-standing figures. We see two seated ladies in short skirts and a cool guy with sunglasses, who is blocking the exit from the cabin and will soon be yelled at by the conductor or the gripman or both. Main page picture 2016.
Toy Cable Car 504/6 Thumbnail Car 504 with free-standing figures. In this rear three-quarter view, we see two seated ladies in short skirts on the left-hand bench. The brake handle is visible to the right of the conductor. This is an unusual detail on a toy cable car.
Toy Cable Car 504/7 Thumbnail Car 504 with free-standing figures. In this front three-quarter view, we get a better view of the two seated ladies in short skirts on the left-hand bench.
Plastic Toy Cable Car 504 Thumbnail This version of Number 504 is made of plastic. Made in the 1980's.
Toy Cable Car 514 Thumbnail This toy cable car, Number 514, has an interesting variety of passengers. Main page picture 2013.
Toy Cable Car 514 Detail A detail view of Number 514. Main page picture 2006.
Toy Cable Car 514 large left side A large view of the left-hand side of toy cable car 514.
Toy Cable Car 514 large left side detail A detail view of the left-hand side of toy cable car 514, with an interesting variety of passengers. A rider in a horseblanket-checked sport coat is reading Herb Caen's column. Main page picture 2014.
Toy Cable Car 514 large right side A large view of the right-hand side of toy cable car 514.
Toy Cable Car 514 large bottom A large view of the bottom of toy cable car 514. The front truck, on the right, has the friction mechanism.
Toy Cable Car 514 Front A front view of Number 514. I would stay out of this gripman's way. Note the headlight. Main page picture 2002.
Toy Cable Car 514 Rear The rear platform of Number 514. Note the light. There isn't a brake handle.
Toy Cable Car 514 With Box A copy of Number 514 with its original box.
Toy Cable Car 28 Thumbnail It took toy cable car manufacturers a while to catch up with two changes to the Powell Street cable cars: 1) the colors changing from green to red; 2) the numbers moving out of the 500 series. Car 28 car reflects both changes. Main page picture 2005.
Toy Cable Car 28 Thumbnail/4 A broadside view of another Car 28.
Toy Cable Car 28 Thumbnail/5 The open section of Car 28.
Toy Cable Car 28 Thumbnail/6 A front view of Car 28. Main page picture 2011.
Toy Cable Car 28 Thumbnail/7 A rear view of Car 28.
Toy Cable Car 28 Thumbnail/8 The bottom of Car 28.
Toy Cable Car 51 Thumbnail This toy cable car, Number 51, is an unusual example of a toy California Street car. Almost all toy cable cars represent Powell Street cars. It is made of lithographed tin. Main page picture 2001.
Toy Cable Car 4 Thumbnail This wood and metal toy cable car, Number 4, is another rare example of a toy California Street car. Main page picture 2003.
Dept 56 - right side Dept 56 - front view Dept 56 - left side
My family gave me this Department 56 model car for Christmas, 2006. Note that the right-hand bench extends all the way to the front of the cabin bulkhead.
Toy Cable Car 501 Thumbnail This toy cable car, Number 501, is made of plastic.
Toy Cable Car 501 Thumbnail Plastic toy cable car, Number 501, poses on top of its box.
Toy Cable Car 501 Thumbnail Another view of plastic toy cable car, Number 501, posing on top of its box. Main page picture 2010.
Shelf Shelves of toy cable cars on display at a shop along Taylor Street, near the end of the Powell/Mason line. October, 2010.

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Cable Car Stamps

100th anniversary cachet A cachet issued in 1973 for the cable car centennial.
Cal Cable 100th anniversary cachet A cachet issued in 1978 for the California Street Cable Railroad centennial. April, 2003 Picture of the Month.
Melbourne 100th anniversary cachet A cachet issued in 1988 for the Melbourne cable tram centennial.
Melbourne 50th anniversary cachet A cachet issued in 1990 for the 50th anniversary of the closing of Melbourne's cable trams.
1957 Topex cachet The American Topical Association, an organization of philatelists, issued this cachet for their 1957 Topex gathering in Chicago. It depicts a Chicago State Street cable car.
Portland opening cachet A cachet issued on 03-June-2002 for the opening of the Portland cable tram.
Great Orme Tramway 70th Anniversary cachet A cachet issued in 1972 for the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno, Wales.
special transportation stamp A cable car stamp issued in 1988 as one of a series of transportation themes (no thumbnail).
Melbourne stamp A pair of 1989 stamps shows a Melbourne cable tram.
Dunedin parcel stamp Dunedin, NZ's Roslyn Tramway issued this stamp for the parcels that it carried. Not many cable lines carried freight or parcels. Note the description: Dunedin did have the first cable railway outside the USA, and the first pull curve, but it was not a "gas cable" system.
Penang stamp In 2011, Malaysia issued the Highland Tourist Spot set of stamps, including one for the Penang Hills Funicular Railway.
Pacific 97 Expo The Pacific 97 World Stamp Exposition was held at San Francisco's Moscone Center in May and June, 1997. These non-postal stamps, with a photo of Powell Street car 27, were created for the show.

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Cable Car Magazine Covers

Saturday Evening Post Thumbnail The cover of the September 29, 1945 Saturday Evening Post, featuring a view of car 515 on Washington Street (Thank you, Mike Fong). The illustration is by Mead Schaeffer.

Downbeat Thumbnail Downbeat Detail Thumbnail The cover of Downbeat for 10-Nov-1960 featured a collection of jazz musicians posed on a Powell Street cable car. They include Vernon Alley (with the string bass), piansts Earl "Fatha" Hines and Teddy Wilson, Pony Poindexter (holding a saxophone), saxophonist Virgil Gonsalves, pianist Vince Guaraldi (with the glasses and distinctive moustache), singer Bev Kelly, guitarist Wes Montgomery, Brew Moore (also holding a saxophone), clarinetist Paul Desmond, actress and singer Sylvia Syms, and trombonists Kid Ory and Turk Murphy. April, 2005 Picture of the Month.

7x7 cover thumbnail 7x7, a magazine about living in the San Francisco Bay Area, was published from 2001 to 2015. Lab Partners designed this beautiful Christmas cover.

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Cable Car Magazine Ads

1926 IH Truck Ad Thumbnail A 1926 magazine advertisment for International Harvester trucks, showing a truck climbing the California Street hill in front of a cable car. The ad includes a testimonial from the Union Ice Company.
1954 Cal Inc Ad A magazine advertisment for Californians, Inc, an organization that promoted tourism. It features car 519 on the turntable at Powell and Market. The ad may be from the late 1940's. Smaller version. April, 2004 Picture of the Month.
1953 Chevy Ad Thumbnail A 1953 magazine advertisment for the Chevy Two-Ten, showing a car climbing the Powell Street hill in front of car 505.
BOA 1954 A 1954 Bank of America magazine ad shows a California Street cable car.
1954 UAL Ad A 1954 magazine advertisment for United Airlines.
1959 Old Crow Ad A 1959 magazine advertisment for Old Crow Kentucky bourbon whiskey.
BOA 1960 A 1960 Bank of America magazine ad.
Cable Car Room Thumbnail A 1961 magazine advertisment for the San Francisco Cable Car Room on the California Zephyr.
1968 Saint Francis Ad A 1968 magazine advertisment for the Saint Francis Hotel features car 507.
1986 Tourism Ad A 1986 magazine advertisment promotes San Francisco as "A Feast for the Senses". Notice the number 51 on the front of the California Street cable car. This is not Muni practice.

KRON ad A 1984 trade ad for San Francisco's KRON-TV, Channel 4.

See more Cable Car Advertising Images, scanned by Walter Rice.

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Cable Car Paper Items

Return program "They’re Back!" program commemorating the 21-Jun-1984 return of cable cars after the Great Reconstruction of 1982-1984. June, 2004 Picture of the Month.
All Star program A program from the 10-July-1984 All Star Game, held at Candlestick Park. It shows various San Francisco icons, including a cable car, the Golden Gate Bridge, Willie McCovey (honorary caption of the National League team), Willy Mays, and Juan Marichal. The National League won, 3-1.

1967 Cable Car Classic A program from the inaugural Cable Car Classic in 1967. The Santa Clara Broncos have hosted the holiday basketball tournament since 1967. Santa Clara won the tournament. Butch Kaufman of Western Kentucky was the MVP.

1972 Cable Car Classic A program from the 1972 Cable Car Classic. The Santa Clara Broncos have hosted the holiday basketball tournament since 1967. The University of San Francisco beat Duke in the final, 74-68. Kevin Restani of USF was the MVP.
Chicago Cable cigar ad A rare ad for Chicago Cable brand Havana cigars. I don't usually do tobacco ads, but I thought this one was neat.
Cable Car Room Menu Thumbnail A menu from the San Francisco Cable Car Room lounge on the California Zephyr, the Western Pacific's vista domed luxury train to San Francisco. The picture looks down California Street from Mason. A Powell Street car crosses in the background. April, 2000 Picture of the Month.
Cable Car Room Menu Thumbnail/1 A larger version of the San Francisco Cable Car Room menu.
Cable Car Room Menu Thumbnail/2 The back and front of the San Francisco Cable Car Room menu.
Cable Car Room Menu Thumbnail/3 The inside of the San Francisco Cable Car Room menu.

Cable Car Room Menu A menu cover from the San Francisco Cable Car Room on the California Zephyr. April, 2011 Picture of the Month.
Buena Vista Cafe Menu Thumbnail A souvenir menu from the beloved Buena Vista Cafe at Hyde and Beach. In 1952, the Buena Vista introduced the Irish Coffee to America.
Stan Galli UAL poster A Stan Galli poster for United Airlines.
American Airlines poster An American Airlines poster.
Delta Airlines poster/2 An impressionistic Delta Airlines poster. April, 2016 Picture of the Month.
Delta Airlines poster A Delta Airlines poster.
TWA poster A TWA poster.
United poster A United Airlines poster.
United poster/2 Another United Airlines poster.
United poster/3 A third United Airlines poster.
Cable Car Box Label Thumbnail A label from a crate of Nob Hill Pears. The picture shows stylized versions of the Fairmont Hotel, Old Saint Mary's, and the Mark Hopkins Hotel.
Cable Car Box Label Thumbnail A later label from a crate of Nob Hill fruit. Note the zip code, indicating that it is from the 1960's or later.
KBF plate Knott's Berry Farm operated battery powered former San Francisco cable cars as parking lot trams from 1955 to 1979. This Knott's paper plate shows car 59.
Die Cut card Die cut postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge and a Powell Street cable car. The messages are printed to look like hand writing.

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Cable Car Album Covers, Music, and Musical Posters

Sheet Music cover A sheet music cover for "The Cable Car Song" by Bethel Melvin. It was published in 1947 by Wesley Webster, 245 Clement Street, San Francisco.
Sheet Music cover A sheet music cover for "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by George Cory and Douglass Cross. At one time I was very tired of this song, but I've always loved Tony Bennet.
Lu Watters The cover of the album Originals and Ragtimes by trumpet player Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band features a California Street cable car at Stockton. Watters led the San Francisco area Traditional Jazz revival in the early 1940's. Many of his associates, particularly Turk Murphy and Bob Scobey, went on to lead successful bands. The YBJB had a powerful punch. I've always enjoyed their music. (No thumbnail)
Bob Scobey Thumbnail The cover of an album by trumpet player Bob Scobey's Frisco (ugh) Jazz Band features a caricatured cable car. Scobey was a former member of Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band. Scobey died in 1962.

Thelonious Monk Thumbnail Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982), great American composer and piano player, posing on Powell/Hyde cable car 526 (now 26) on the cover of his album Thelonious Monk Alone in San Francisco. He liked San Francisco.

Strictly Bluegrass 2 Thumbnail A poster for Strictly Bluegrass 2, held in Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, on 05- and 06-Oct-2002. The motorized cable car is decorated to resemble an Okie family's truck.
Save the Cable Cars Pass A Bill Graham Presents promotional pass for an 02-Dec-1981 appearance by Journey at San Francisco's Cow Palace at a Save the Cable Cars benefit. Loverboy was scheduled as the opening act, but cancelled at the last minute. I wasn't a fan of Journey, but they did a nice thing for the cable car reconstruction project.
Kitty Margolis Kitty Margolis' grandfather was the late Samuel Kahn, president for nearly two decades until 1946 of San Francisco’s Market Street Railway. During his tenure the company operated five cable car lines. For today’s jazz audience, Kitty Margolis is the heir to the great Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Anita O'Day in that she is the keeper of the tradition of the art of using sounds and syllables to improvise a melody. The cover shown is from her debut release, Live at the Jazz Workshop. Kitty is the daughter of the late "Patsy" Margolis, Samuel Kahn’s younger of two daughters. More information can be found on Kitty’s web site, www.kittymargolis.com. Walter Rice
KFRC survey - front KFRC survey - back
In the 1970's, KFRC, 610 AM, was one of the two big Top 40 radio stations in San Francisco. Here is a top 30 survey from 30-Mar-1972, featuring a stylized cable car and DJ Steve Lundy on the cover. The number one single was "A Horse With No Name" by America.

Left My Blues Thumbnail The cover of Buddy Guy's album Left My Blues in San Francisco features a California Street cable car.

Cal Tjader Thumbnail The cover of vibraphonist Cal Tjader's album Sentimental Moods features a Powell Street cable car.

Vince Guaraldi Thumbnail The cover of Vince Guaraldi/Bola Sete and Friends features the pianist and the guitarist sitting on California Street Cable Railroad car 10 at the Childrens' Playground at the San Francisco Zoo.

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Cable Car Pins, Charms, and Buttons

Italian Charm An Italian Charm depicting a cable car. These charms were very popular in 2002-2003 (no thumbnail).
Italian Charm/2 A Zoppini Italian Charm depicting a cable car.
Pandora Charm A Pandora Charm depicting a cable car.
Italian Charm/3 A deCharmeuse2006 Italian Charm with a photo of a Hyde Street cable car (no thumbnail).
Zipper Pull A zipper pull charm depicting a cable car.
Disney pin A pin from the downtown San Francisco Disney Store at Powell and Post. Disney has licensed a series of pins which are popular with collectors.
Hard Rock Cable Car Pin A pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39.
Hard Rock Cable Car Greetings Another pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39.
Hard Rock Cable Car 4 Another pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39 (no thumbnail).
Hard Rock Cable Car 5 Another pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39 (no thumbnail).
Hard Rock Cable Car and Guitar Pin A pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe, showing a cable car on a guitar.
Hard Rock Cable Car and Guitar Pin A similar pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe, showing a cable car on a guitar. The colors differ from the previous pin.
Hard Rock Cable Car as Guitar Pin A pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe, showing a cable car as a guitar (no thumbnail).
Hard Rock Cable Car Guitar/Bay to Breakers Pin A pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe, showing a cable car as a guitar honoring the 2004 Bay to Breakers race (no thumbnail).
Hard Rock 2002 Bell Ringing Pin A pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39, honoring the 2002 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest.
Hard Rock 2003 Bell Ringing Pin A pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39, honoring the 2003 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest.
Hard Rock 2004 Bell Ringing Pin A pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39, honoring the 2004 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest.
Hard Rock 2008 Bell Ringing Pin A pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39, honoring the 2008 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest.
Hard Rock Cable Car 2009 A 2009 pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39.
Hard Rock Cable Car and dragon 2016 A 2016 pin from the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39 shows a cable car and a golden dragon in honor of Lunar New Year.
Planet Hollywood Cable Car A pin from the San Francisco Planet Hollywood, which has closed, showing a cable car and the Golden Gate Bridge (no thumbnail).
1984 Demo button The Democrats held their convention at Moscone Center in San Francisco in 1984. This button shows nominee Walter Mondale, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Senator Gary Hart, superimposed on Car One.
1964 Republican button The Republicans held their convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1964. This badge was issued to a "Pre Convention Tour Guide".
Philadelphia Traction button A nickle plated clothes button, possibly from a Philadelphia Traction Company uniform, with what may be a round-ended cable car. The backmark reads "Geo. Evans & Co/Philadelphia". (No thumbnail)
Cable Car Clothiers button A blazer button with the logo of gentlemen's store Cable Car Clothiers.

Michael Jordans magnet The LaSalle Street powerhouse of the North Chicago Street Railroad was "Michael Jordan's The Restaurant(tm)" for many years. This is an advertising magnet (No thumbnail). February, 2010 Picture of the Month.

Michael Jordans pin This is an advertising pin for "Michael Jordan's The Restaurant(tm)", which was in the LaSalle Street powerhouse of the North Chicago Street Railroad (No thumbnail).

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Other Cable Car Items

RLHS/1

Disney Vinylmation figures are shaped like Mickey Mouse, but are decorated to resemble a variety of Disney and non-Disney characters and places. This one, part of the San Francisco series, is decorated as a cable car. My daughter got it for me for my birthday. It was created by artist Dan Beltran.(No Thumbnail)

vinylmation

Another view of the Disney Vinylmation figure. (No Thumbnail)

vinylmation green cable car

A Disney Vinylmation figure representing a green cable car. (No Thumbnail)

RLHS/1

The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society issued this coin in 1973 to celebrate the centennial of the cable car. The front shows a Clay Street Hill train. The back shows contemporary California Street and Powell Street cable cars.

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coin front

Another coin created to celebrate the centennial of the cable car. The front shows Andrew S Hallidie. The back shows a contemporary Powell Street cable car.

coin back

coin front

The San Francisco Coin Club created this item to celebrate the 1988 centennial of the Powell Street cable car. The front shows a Powell Street cable car on a turntable. The back shows the Golden Gate Bridge.

coin back

coin front

The Peninsula Coin Club of Palo Alto issued this coin with an image of a California Street cable car for its 2010 show.

elongated penny Elongated pennies are very popular with some people. This one is stamped with an image of a cable car

WP/front

The Western Pacific Railroad issued this medal to mark the visit of Powell Street cable car 524 to the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair. The California Zephyr is on the front. A Powell Street cable car is on the back.

WP/back
Citizens Federal piggy bank Citizens Federal Savings issued this metal bank in the shape of a cable car to commemorate its 75th Anniversary. The bottom reads "Citizens Federal Savings, San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto, 75th Anniversary, 1885-1960".
Floaty pen Many people are dedicated to collecting floaty pens. This one portrays a California Street car on the hill, and a Powell Street car on the turntable at the bottom. (No thumbnail)
refrigerator magnet A Powell Street cable car refrigerator magnet. (No thumbnail)
Cable Car Lunch Box Thumbnail A 1962 Aladdin Cable Car lunch box and thermos bottle. I don't own one of these, but I wish I did. Suckers will pay a lot of money for this set.
Cable Car Lunch Box Thumbnail A 1962 Aladdin Cable Car lunch box and thermos bottle. I don't own one of these, but I wish I did. Suckers will pay a lot of money for this set.
Gum and Candy Thumbnail Wrappers for Cable Car brand gum, bubble gum, and candy. People even collect junk like this.
Mystery Picture #1

Sales representatives for cable manufacturer Broderick and Bascome gave paperweights like this to prospective customers in the late 1890's. May, 2000 Picture of the Month.

From the January, 1897 Street Railway Journal, page 65.

A Novel Paper Weight.

The Broderick & Bascom Rope Company is supplying to its customers and friends a neat paper weight. This paper weight was distributed by the company as a souvenir at the Street Railway Convention recently held in the city of St. Louis. It was also distributed at the Convention of Mechanical Engineers held at the Southern Hotel, in St. Louis, during the early part of 1896.

The paper weight consists of a section of street railway cable, 1 1/4 ins. in diameter, such as is now used in the cable railway service, and three inches high. The base, which is 1 1/2 ins. wide, is made of metal, hexagon shape, so that the paper weight cannot roll off the desk, while the top is beautifully mounted with a circular metal cap with a ball handle, the entire paper weight being plated with nickel or silver, making it a very desirable article for any desk.

There has been quite a demand on the Broderick & Bascom Company for these articles since they were first introduced, and the company is finding some little trouble in keeping up the supply to meet the demand which is constantly increasing.

Cal Cable Cable

A souvenir piece of Cal Cable cable. April, 2010 Picture of the Month.

Melbourne matchbox front Melbourne matchbox back

The front and back of an engraved matchbox commemorating the end of cable trams in Melbourne.

Cable Car ashtray

An ashray made in occupied Japan.

Cable Car restaurant matchbook/1

A matchbook from Cable Car Steaks at 45 Powell. Note the prices.

Cable Car restaurant matchbook/2

Cable Car telephone/1

A telephone made to resemble (vaguely) a cable car.

Cable Car telephone/2

Cable Car ornament

A Christopher Radko Christmas tree ornament, made in Poland.

Woodstock ornament

Woodstock, the little bird from Charles Schulz's Peanuts, sits on a cable car on this Christmas ornament.

Avon

A bottle of Avon Wild Country After Shave with its box.

Avon parts

Another bottle of Avon Wild Country After Shave. The bottle is the closed section, which is shown pulled out from the roof and the open sections.

Starbucks card/1

A Starbucks gift card features a Powell Street cable car and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Starbucks card/2

Another Starbucks gift card features a Powell Street cable car and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Starbucks mug

A Starbucks gift mug features a cable car.

nail polish

"OPI in Cable Car Pool Lane." My wife bought this fingernail polish in 2014. It has a color somewhat like a California Street cable car.

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Inexplicable Cable Car Items

Magnet Walter Rice found this souvenir magnet at Sóller on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It depicts Sóller’s famous Hyde Street cable car, the tower of landmark Ghirardelli Square, and the Golden Gate Bridge. All rights reserved.

Cleveland grip car For some reason, a Cleveland City Cable Railway grip car was the subject presented on a silver ingot.

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