“Mission Dolores, founded 1776, San Francisco, Cal.” This divided-back postcard was published by J. Scheff & Bros., a San Francisco-based publisher of German-made postcards from 1906 to 1912. The card was mailed to Fall River, Massachusetts and has this correspondence on the back:
“Greetings from San Francisco – Having great rd trip. – C. Lausden(?) 8/1 ’09”
A view of the San Francisco docks, this card was published by Pacific Novelty Co. I included a scan of the back, as I found the hand-written correspondence sort of interesting. The part that got my attention was the last part, “this is where most of the fighting is.” The card wasn’t mailed, otherwise I could see what was happening in San Francisco at that time. Perhaps this references the longshoremen’s strike of 1934?
This card shows the Ferry Building in San Francisco, a terminal for ferries that opened in 1898. Although unmailed, the card can be dated to between 1901 and 1907 because it has an undivided back along with the inscription, “This side is for address only”. Pre-1901 cards would include the line, “Private Mailing Card”, and after March of 1907 postcards would have a vertical division on the back that would allow for correspondence on the left half, the address on the right. As can be seen above, postcards from this period typically had a border or space of some sort that allowed for a minimal amount of correspondence to be written.
Designed in 1870 by William Hammond Hall, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park covers 1,013 acres of land, an area once outside of the city and populated by various forms of wildlife. The encroaching population eventually turned it into an inner-city park, not unlike New York City’s Central Park. This postcard, mailed in 1909, was produced by Charles Weidner, a publisher of cards in San Francisco from 1903 to 1940. As was the case with the majority of pre-WWI postcards, it was printed in Germany.
Today Market Street is a major thoroughfare in San Francisco, and so it was in 1934 when this card was mailed. The brief correspondence on the back includes the remark, “This is a fine street.” Really! The card was produced by the Pacific Novelty Co., a postcard company that was active from 1908 until sometime in the 1960s. They specialized in California subjects, with many of their views featuring San Francisco.