Historical Footage of life in San Francisco on YouTube

Historical Footage of Life in San Francisco Now on YouTube
Media company British Pathe uploaded over 85,000 vintage newsreels to their YouTube channel earlier this year. The content and style varies greatly: some snippets are charming and uplifting, some sort of goofy, some rather melancholy, and some are downright disturbing and dark (there’s some pretty upsetting disaster footage).

San Francisco and its history are well represented with vintage footage of marketing to tourists as well as clips of historically significant events, and some clips of events not so significant, though still historical. If you’re interested in how our City came to be (long before Google buses and artisanal cocktails) then this is your style of YouTube wormhole.

Worth highlighting is the 1936 video about the nearing completion of the Golden Gate Bridge and the lives of workers saved by the innovative use of the enormous net below during construction. Not recommended for height-fearing folks. Also worth a click is the Trip to San Francisco - a two minute piece showcasing our City and portraying some elements that are still in current fashion: living space is at a premium, cable cars rumble past, and the narrator calls it ’Frisco... (Grrrr).

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