Bridgemen

“…Who are the high-wire walkers wearing boots and hard hats, earning their living by risking their lives in places where falls are often fatal and where bridges and skyscrapers are looked upon as sepulchers by the families and co-workers of the deceased?…” —Gay Talese, The Bridge, 1964, preface

International Orange

International Orange makes every day at work feel just like Halloween. The deep orange color dominates every part of the Bridge District from picture frames to warming huts. You name it, and it is probably painted International Orange. Irving Morrow was the person responsible for choosing the color of paint used on the Golden Gate Bridge.…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

This week’s topic is Blue and this is my submission to the contest.

Blue Angels

Blue on Blue

Life Before Google

Before Alta Vista, before Ask Jeeves, and before the founders of Google were born I learned to find information using Mrs. Fletcher’s Method. Mrs. Fletcher was my 3rd grade teacher and the person responsible for teaching me how to quench my thirst for knowledge through the Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia, founded by Frank E. Compton, in 1922. For a 9-year-old kid It…

A Close Call During War Time

Navy demolition experts dragging ashore an unexploded japanese torpedo near the Golden Gate Bridge on June 6, 1946

I was searching the San Francisco Public Library website online today when I found this interesting photo of Navy demolition men in 1946 hauling a piece of a Japanese torpedo ashore on Baker Beach, just west of the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Two days earlier an “unidentified beachcomber” found the two sections…

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