Pictures of the Month 2017-

by Joe Thompson

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All the Pictures of the Month from 2017 on in one handy place.


2021

Carl Payne Ten-time grand champion Carl Payne gives an exhibition at the 2016 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest. Defending champ Byron Cobb stands to the left. Photo by Joe Thompson. September, 2021 Picture of the Month.

CARS ... OF THE DOUGLAS CABLE TRAMWAY "CARS ... OF THE DOUGLAS CABLE TRAMWAY", from "The Douglas Cable Tramway", an October 30, 1896 Engineering article. August, 2021 Picture of the Month.

DIAGRAM OF GRADIENTS OF THE DOUGLAS CABLE TRAMWAY "DIAGRAM OF GRADIENTS OF THE DOUGLAS CABLE TRAMWAY", from "The Douglas Cable Tramway", an October 23, 1896 Engineering article. July, 2021 Picture of the Month.

LaSalle Street Powerhouse/2 The Mount Auburn Cable Railway's powerhouse and carbarn seen in 2020, mere months before the roof collapsed. Google Maps Streetview Image updated June April. Copyright 2020 Google. June, 2021 Picture of the Month.

accident detail The Market Street Railway manufactured its own wire ropes at the Market and Valencia powerhouse using this scary-looking piece of machinery. (Source: San Francisco, the Birthplace of the Cable Railway, by Charles B Fairchild, The Street Railway Journal, June, 1893) May, 2021 Picture of the Month.

United ticket jacket A 1974 United Airlines ticket jacket. (Source: SFO Museum Collection, Gift of Thomas G. Dragges, 2011.051.329) April, 2021 Picture of the Month.

Sutro Railroad An outbound car of the Sutro Railroad heads towards the terminal above Sutro Baths. The second Cliff House is visible in the background. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp4.1055). March, 2021 Picture of the Month.

Baldwin Hotel The Baldwin Hotel, which stood at Powell and Market, about 1888. We see the Powell and Market turntable in the foreground. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp37.00580-L.jpg). February, 2021 Picture of the Month.

21st Street and State Street Power Station Read about the Main Power Station of the Chicago City Railway. (source: The Street Railway Journal, August, 1889). January, 2021 Picture of the Month.


2020

Christmas ornament pier 39/2 Ornaments at the Christmas in San Francisco store at Pier 39 Santa delivering presents on a single-ended cable car. August, 2017. December, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Let's Go Buster Let's Go Buster -- One window of Car 28 exhorts Giants rookie catcher Buster Posey. November, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Limehouse Bridge A view from Commercial Street in London's Limehouse District showing a bridge built in 1840 for the London and Blackwall Railway. The bridge has been used since 1987 by trains of the Docklands Light Railway, an automated electric line. Google Maps Streetview Image updated Jun 2019. Copyright 2020 Google. October, 2020 Picture of the Month.

20 Brixton Road 20 Brixton Road, the building in the view of Mornington Changing-Place with the arches, still stands today. In 1903, it served as a depot (car barn) for Brixton Hill trams. Later it was a substation for electric trams. Now it houses the Church of the Holy Redeemer, a mission for the area's Italian community. Photo by kk69521 at flickr, All Rights Reserved. September, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Holy Cross terminal
979 in its brand new paint job, June 1939. the first zip stripe shows off its stuff. Tomorrow we take a trip a little south. (Market Street Railway car 979 sits at the outer terminal of the 31-Balboa line, at 30th Avenue and Balboa Street. I grew up down the street, but the streetcars were long gone. -- JT) Charles Smallwood collection. August, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Steam engine -- elevation Steam engine and driving gear -- elevation. Source: Tramways: Their Construction and Working, Embracing a Comprehensive History by Daniel Kinnear Clark. July, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Edinborough Waterloo Place In Edinburgh's Waterloo Place, a short segment of cable tram track and slot is visible but nearly obscured. Google Maps Streetview Image updated Jul 2019. Copyright 2020 Google. June, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Matlock Shelter This elaborate shelter served Tramway customers in Crown Square. It now stands in Hall Leys Park. Google Maps Streetview Image updated May 2017. Copyright 2020 Google. May, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Cable car patch/2 My daughter and son-in-law were packing up to move and found this patch, which they kindly gave to me. (No thumbnail) April, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Washington and Jefferson Streets This West Chicago Street Railroad powerhouse at Washington and Jefferson Streets still stands in altered condition. I don't know why that big blank wall is there in front. Google Maps Streetview Image updated August 2019. Copyright 2020 Google. March, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Clark Street A North Chicago Street Railroad train at Clark Street and North Avenue. Note the two trailers. (Source: Chicago Public Library Digital Collection, Repository number RLVCC 1.1056. All rights reserved). February, 2020 Picture of the Month.

Jackson Park A three car (grip car and two trailers) Chicago City Railway Wabash/Cottage Grove Avenue train terminates at Jackson Park. (source: Chicago Tribune Historical Photographs; CTA). January, 2020 Picture of the Month.


2019

Big 19 at California and Drumm Big 19 lays over at California and Drumm. November 2019. December, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Former ticket office The former ticket office and waiting room of the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway. Google Maps Streetview Image updated March 2019. Copyright 2019 Google. November, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Court Flight 1918 A 1918 view of the Court Flight in Los Angeles (Source: Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection). October, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Angels Flight plan A view of the planned Angels Flight in Los Angeles (Source: Los Angeles Herald, March 29, 1901). September, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Sacramento/Clay Car 19 Former Sacramento/Clay Car 19, in storage at the Washington/Mason car barn. December 2003. Photo by Joe Thompson. August, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Car 16 Car 16 on Powell at Sutter. It was built by Carter Brothers to support Sacramento/Clay service to the Midwinter Fair. September 2001. Photo by Joe Thompson. July, 2019 Picture of the Month.

San Diego Cable Car San Diego Cable Railway car "Las Peñasquitas" poses in front of the powerhouse. Photograph used with the kind permission of the San Diego Historical Society. June, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Con Ped Powerhouse2019 The former Consolidated Piedmont powerhouse at 27th and Harrison Streets in Oakland is now a Whole Paycheck Market. Google Maps Streetview Image updated February 2019. Copyright 2019 Google. May, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Starbucks card/1

A Starbucks gift card features a Powell Street cable car and the Golden Gate Bridge. April, 2019 Picture of the Month.

LA Cable viaduct Scientific American Supplement described the Los Angeles Cable Railway in an article in its 10-Oct-1891 issue. March, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Temple Street train A train of the Temple Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles near Temple and Hoover Streets in 1889. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Archive (c) 2004, California Historical Society: TICOT/Pierce, CHS-7070. All rights reserved. February, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Second Street real estate ad detail A detail from the real estate ad offering lots along the Second Street Cable Railway. (Source: Los Angeles Herald, 22-December-1885) January, 2019 Picture of the Month.


2018

Mary Ball and Jimin-E In a detail from the image above, we see "conductress" Mary Ball and "Jimin-E," an Emporium employee on the back platform of car 504. (source: Trolley Topics, December, 1950). December, 2018 Picture of the Month.

counterbalance car At the corner of Fillmore and Broadway, Fillmore Hill counterbalance car 623 waits for passengers to transfer from a 22-Fillmore streetcar before it plunges down the hill. Photo circa 1940. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp37.04185.jpg). November, 2018 Picture of the Month.

Chicago Day The Chicago City Railway's Wabash/Cottage Grove Avenue cable trains carry crush loads of passengers to Chicago Day at the World's Columbian Exposition on 09-October-1893. (source: The Scientific American, January 27, 1894). October, 2018 Picture of the Month.

Golden Gate Park Entrance Crowds wait at the Haight and Stanyan Street entrance to Golden Gate Park. Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company car 6 from the Oak Street line stands at the terminal on Stanyan Street. The photo was taken between 1889 when the line opened and early 1894 when the car was renumbered. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp37.03316.jpg). September, 2018 Picture of the Month.

pf train At the corner of Montgomery and Washington, Presidio and Ferries customers transferred from Washington/Jackson horse cars to cable trains that ran out Columbus to Union and then out Union to Steiner. Photo circa 1890. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp26.335.jpg). August, 2018 Picture of the Month.

Dunedin museum Thanks to Mac Gardner, here is a future view of the temporary museum being built near the former terminal of Dunedin's Mornington Line. It will display two cable trams and a trailer. All rights reserved. July, 2018 Picture of the Month.

SFMTA In November, 2011, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which controls the San Francisco Municipal Railway, put up some ads to celebrate Muni's distinctive features, like the cable cars, as part of Muni's upcoming centennial year. November, 2011. Photo by Joe Thompson. June, 2018 Picture of the Month.

28 pullin/2 Old Car 28 turns on the motorized turntable in the barn at Washington and Mason before being put away. A California Street car pulls in behind it. Car 28 would retire the next month. December 2003. Photo by Joe Thompson. May, 2018 Picture of the Month.

Geary and Larkin crossing The first crossing between two Hallidie-type cable car lines, at Geary and Larkin Streets. A Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway train is on the left. Two trains of the Sutter Street Railway's Larkin Street line are on the tracks running towards the camera. The Larkin Street line was superior (did not have to drop the rope) because it was there first. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp27.02535.jpg). April, 2018 Picture of the Month.

ssr train A conductor and a gripman pose with a Sutter Street Railway train. I like the angle. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp27.4669.jpg). March, 2018 Picture of the Month.

Henry L Davis Back in 2009, San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey contacted me. He was setting up a page on the Sheriff's Department website with an image of each sheriff who had served since the department was founded in 1850. One man he couldn't find was Henry L Davis, who served as sheriff from 1864-1867. I found not one but two woodcuts in digitized issues of the San Francisco Call. Henry L Davis was one of Andrew Smith Hallidie's partners in the Clay Street Hill Railroad. (Source: San Francisco Call, 26-April-1895). February, 2018 Picture of the Month.

accident detail Read an article about a 1902 collision between a Jones Street shuttle cable car and an Ellis Street electric car: FOUR PERSONS ARE SEVERELY INJURED IN DOUBLE COLLISION AND CARS OF ELLIS AND JONES STREET ARE DAMAGED. January, 2018 Picture of the Month.


2017

San Francisco's Octopus The front cover. December, 2017 Picture of the Month.

KABL protest "PICKETERS dressed as a Gay Nineties dancer, fashion model, 'beatnik' and flapper board cable car to tell San Franciscans of McLendon's new good music station, KABL." (source: Sponsor, 20-June-1959). November, 2017 Picture of the Month.

Candy Matson promo
A promo for the California Historical Radio Society's production of "The Cable Car Murder." October, 2017 Picture of the Month.

cable car wedding/1

Boxoffice, 26-June-1961. September, 2017 Picture of the Month.

EJ Lawless Edward J Lawless was in charge of operations of the new Kansas City Cable Railway. And he had a wonderful mustache. Read his article Personal Reminiscences of Early Cable Street Railway Work in Kansas City, MO. From the May, 1895 Street Railway Journal. August, 2017 Picture of the Month.

Terry Grip detail A detail view of the shallow conduit Terry Grip, from a Continental Cable Company ad. (source: Street Railway Journal Supplement, January, 1890). July, 2017 Picture of the Month.

Cal Cable dash Kim Wahler found the dash from a California Street Cable Railroad O'Farrell, Jones and Hyde cable car in a field north of San Francisco. Thank you to Kim for letting me use the photo. All rights reserved. June, 2017 Picture of the Month.

Elevated Railway "Elevated Railway, Kansas City." A steam dummy locomotive pulls a two-car train into a station. (source: "Electricty in the Far West III -- Kansas City," Electricity, Vol III, No 16. November 2, 1892). May, 2017 Picture of the Month.

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. April, 2017 Picture of the Month.

Grand Avenue terminal loop The north end loop of the Grand Avenue Railway, showing the congested conditions in that area. (source: Street Railways: Their Construction, Operation and Maintenance by CB Fairchild). March, 2017 Picture of the Month.

cable train on twelfth street line Twelfth Street cable train (source: The Street Railway Situation in the Two Kansas Cities, Street Railway Journal, October, 1900.) February, 2017 Picture of the Month.

The Junction "Looking east on 9th from the Junction." I like the cop in the lower right-hand column. (source: Kansas City Public Library Special Collections. Barcode: 10007292. All rights reserved). January, 2017 Picture of the Month.


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