Category Archives: Staff Picks

Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin, brilliant violinist and child prodigy, regularly returned to the San Francisco area throughout his life. Below are just a few samples of many photographic prints of Yehudi in the Examiner’s print collection. BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P530, Folder:  Menuhin, Yehudi … Continue reading

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Illustrated Photographs

In the days before Photoshop, how did newspapers illustrate or alter sensational photographs? It appears they drew, painted, and used old fashioned cut and paste (with scissors and glue)! Below are some of our favorite samples from the Examiner collection: … Continue reading

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A Famous Police Horse

San Francisco Policeman Arthur Dolan was a fortunate fellow. He spent ten years of his career (ca. 1924 – 1934) riding famous police horse Old Douglas, shown below. At the age of 25, Old Douglas retired from the force, with … Continue reading

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Furry Rascals

One of the fun parts of sorting through photographs of local citizens is that every now and then you see a span of years in an instant. Such is the case of Arthur Germaine, SPCA Officer. I admit, the image of the adorable … Continue reading

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“Out For a Stroll”

In this photo taken in 1951, George “Happy” Darling and his elephant Punkin are pausing to say hello in front of a hotel cigar store in San Francisco, where Miss Ann Montgomery offers Punkin a piece of candy. BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, … Continue reading

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Flight!

It is 1931, and Harry Cordy, an inventor in El Monte, California, has nearly finished his Mobilopter. The Mobilopter was based on the principle of the helicopter, according to the Examiner’s photo caption. Mr. Cordy experimented with his Mobilopter for … Continue reading

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National Sweater Week, 1957

As we sort through the Examiner Collection, we have come across many images of Miss Americas from years past. But recently we found a unique celebrity that calls out for attention. The year is 1957. It is National Sweater Week in New York. … Continue reading

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