from the Western Neighborhoods Project
1951 Assessor Collection Images
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These 1951 images from the San Francisco Assessor's Office came to the Western Neighborhoods Project from a local historian who saved them from being discarded in the early 1980s.
The Assessor's Office periodically photographed buildings around the city for property tax purposes. The photos are documentary in nature and were taken without regard to the scenes on the street. As a result, in addition to showing the buildings, other things were recorded too, such as parked cars and people going about their daily lives. We think these make for an excellent view into what life was like on our streets over 60 years ago.
The 4 x 5 negatives were digitized by the Western Neighborhoods Project and both the negatives and digital versions were donated to the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library, adding to its large collection of Assessor's negatives.