San Francisco may sit on the cutting edge of the tech scene, but it remains the epitome of old-school cool. Generations upon generations have left their hearts in San Francisco and it’s no surprise as to why. It’s a city that has always been fiercely proud of its history, its culture, and its style. Take a look back at these gorgeous vintage photos of San Francisco that show that, really, the city was just as gorgeous back then as it is today.
We wish that all city buses were still awesome vintage cable cars like this one.Photo by Drew Jacksich/Flickr
…And a shot of the bay before the time of the Golden Gate.Photo by Ashley Van Haeften/Flickr
This photograph is proof that City Hall has always been just that majestic (the vintage cars only help its royal image).Photo by army.arch/Flickr
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest outside of Asia—and to this day remains adorned with those hanging red lanterns.Photo courtesy of Library of Congress
North Beach has always been known for its espresso and Italian cuisine, even as far back as 1904, when the Bank of America (here in 1940) opened under its original name, the Bank of Italy.Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
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