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San Francisco in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City by the Bay

Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration

Abstract

“San Francisco has no single landmark by which the world may identify it,” according to this book, originally published in 1940. This would surely come as a surprise to the millions who know and love the Golden Gate Bridge or recognize the Transamerica Building's pyramid. This invaluable Depression-era guide to San Francisco relates the city's history from the vantage point of the 1930s, describing its culture and highlighting the important tourist attractions of the time. A lively introduction revisits the city's literary heritage—from Bret Harte to Kenneth Rexroth, Jade Snow Wong, and Allen ... More

Keywords: San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Building, tourism, Bret Harte, Kenneth Rexroth, Jade Snow Wong, Allen Ginsberg, landmarks, historic buildings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268807
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268807.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration, author