Amazing Photos Capture Street Scenes of San Francisco in the Early 1970s

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San Francisco in the 1970s was a global hub of culture. It was known worldwide for hippies and radicals. The city was heavily affected by drugs, prostitution and crime. Outcasts and the socially marginalized were attracted by a greater tolerance and acceptance of diverse cultures in the city.

San Francisco in 1970 and 1971

The city grew as one of world’s biggest centres for the LGBT community and LGBT rights. The rock music known as the San Francisco Sound was performed live and recorded by San Francisco-based rock groups of the mid-1960s to early 1970s. It was associated with the counterculture community in the city at the time.

Many skyscrapers were built in the city during this period. The city is also associated with West Coast jazz and was one of the major centers of jazz fusion which took off in the 1970s.

These amazing color photos were taken by Christopher Cirrincione that show street scenes of San Francisco in 1970 and 1971.

Powell-Mason cable car route on the Taylor Street turntable at Bay Street, 1970

California Street cable car route. View northeast on California Street between Kearny Street and Grant Avenue, 1970

PCC heading downtown on Market Street between Noe Street/16th Street and Sanchez Street/15th Street on a foggy early evening, 1970

PCC heading downtown on Market Street between Noe Street/16th Street and Sanchez Street/15th Street on a foggy early evening, 1970

Church Street at Market Street on the J-Line looking east, 1971

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