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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.

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

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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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