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Birthday Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge; to View or to Buy

Magazine article Sunset

Birthday Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge; to View or to Buy

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Birthday photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge

Fifty years later, the bridging of the GoldenGate still seems an extraordinary leap of the imagination. Step onto the walkway, or hike around Fort Point below the south tower, and your awe intensifies: the bridge moves as if alive. Its roadway vibrates with roaring traffic, the wind whistles through its cables--playing them, one observer said, like gigantic harp strings.

Hoopla surrounding the bridge's May24th birthday calls attention to its powerful presence and amazing construction. Both get full play in striking historic photographs on view--and for sale--at two San Franciso archives.

California Historical Society, Shubert HallLibrary, Photographic Archives, 2099 Pacific Avenue. Open 1 to 5 Wednesdays through Saturdays; $3 for nonmembers. Lots of construction views, some postcard views, some photographs of opening-day festivities. Prices start at $13 for an 8-by-10 print.

San Francisco Archives, Third Floor, MainLibrary, Civic Center. Open 10 to 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 6 Wednesdays. …

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