A Passion for History


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East Bay Then and Now Explore the eastern side of San Francisco’s beautiful bay with this photographic look at the East Bay, as it was then and how it is today. From Fremont to Richmond, the East Bay is a vibrant, energetic region encompassing growing business and technological concerns, thriving student populations, and serene residential neighborhoods. That’s today’s image of the East Bay, but 160 years ago much of the region was still farmland. Everything changed with the discovery of gold at John Sutter’s sawmill in 1848. This book traces the ensuing explosion of business and population through fascinating archival photographs placed side by side with matching contemporary views. Historic sites pictured include the San Jose Mission, the San Leandro Courthouse, the Lake Merritt Boat House, and Berkeley City Hall.

San Francisco in Photographs by Eric J. Kos and Dennis Evanosky. The fabulous pictures were taken by photographer Karl Mondon. With its crooked streets, “painted ladies,” atmospheric wharves, and the engineering masterpiece of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is one of the United States’ most easily recognized cities. It also has a special place in history as the intellectual home of many artists and writers, and the birthplace of the sixties hippie movement. But there is much more to San Francisco than this. With a timeline stretching back over two centuries, its rich mix of peoples, its beautiful peninsula setting, and a host of architectural treasures, San Francisco is one of America’s most visually stunning cities.

San Francisco in Photographs takes a visual tour of this unique city. Starting from the historic waterfront with the landmark Ferry Building, Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, and amazing views over the Pacific Ocean from Ghirardelli Square, it visits San Francisco’s most celebrated locations. Within its pages are the stories of missionaries and bawdy houses, of the gold rush boom and the tragic Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906.

Visiting each neighborhood, the book features Chinatown, the Mission District,Twin Peaks, and Nob Hill, as well as less famous attractions, such as the Peace Pagoda in Japantown and the Deco Ghetto. It also visits colorful Haight-Ashbury, made famous in the “Summer of Love.”

San Francisco in Photographs is a fitting tribute to one of America’s most diverse, exciting, and picturesque cities.

Eric J. Kos is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has provided his design expertise to various publications in the East Bay since 1997. In 2001 he helped start his first corporation, Stellar Media Group, Inc., which publishes the Alameda Sun, a free weekly newspaper in Alameda, California. In 2004 he authored East Bay Then and Now (Thunder Bay) with Dennis Evanosky.

Dennis Evanosky is the real estate editor at the Alameda Sun. He has written a series of 20 articles for the Sun about Alameda's Victorian-era architecture.

These articles will become the third book in the series "History is All Around Us." The series already includes both the Laurel and Mountain View books. To read one of these articles click here. The book will be published in March 2008.

San Francisco Then and Now by Eric J. Kos and Dennis Evanosky. The Now pictures were taken by photographer Karl Mondon. Then pictures came from all sorts of sources.

There’s no denying the charm of San Francisco, a city perched on rolling hills, where "little cable cars climb halfway to the stars." With dramatic vistas at every turn, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Bay to the east, its cityscape is like no other place on Earth. Discover the "City by the Bay" in this new second edition of the best-selling San Francisco Then and Now.

Filled with amazing then-and-now photographs, some previously unpublished, that include cable cars, the Ferry Building, Palace of Fine Arts, and the Transamerica Pyramid, all the city’s most popular attractions. This unique book features a selection of dramatic photos taken before, during, and after the 1906 Earthquake and fire. See how the city rose from the ashes with a series of skyline photos.

San Francisco’s most beloved landmark gets the royal treatment. Compare a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge during its construction in 1934 to its current elegant grandeur. How did Lombard Street get to be the "crookedest street in the world?" See it in 1922 when it was under construction and what it looks like now. This new second edition is sure to make a great gift or souvenir for everyone who’s ever visited "Babylon by the Bay."

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