By now, somebody may have already shared a link or two with you from opensfhistory.org, a new website launched by the Western Neighborhoods Project. The website contains thousands of fascinating, historic San Francisco images that were donated to the WNP in 2014 by a private collector.
They’ve spent the last 18 months digitizing just a fraction of the 100,000+ images they received, and several thousand are now available for viewing at opensfhistory.org. Dates on the photos range from the 1850’s up to the 1970’s.
The site is well organized, offering you a variety of ways to browse the extensive collection – by map, by neighborhood, by galleries for locations or events (think the 1915 PPIE, 1906 quake, Sutro Heights, Ocean Beach, Sutro Baths…) and by searching (try “construction”).
We got some insight on this massive collection from WNP members Woody LaBounty, David Gallagher and Nicole Meldahl in a Q&A early this year.
LaBounty told us recently that just under 10,000 images are currently up on opensfhistory.org, but they have thousands more ready to post – and many, many thousands left to scan (more donations can help make that happen!).
Aside from offering a fascinating peek into SF of yesterday, these photos also may add a few “must visit” spots to your time travel bucket list. If you could travel back in time to San Francisco, where or what would you visit? Leave a comment to let us know.