Saturday (aka the day that I did ALL the things) I had a chance to visit our fine city’s Public Library. For any bibliophobes out there, the library isn’t just a place to check out books. There, you can research archived photos, magazines, and other documents, attend lectures and film screenings, and enjoy art exhibitions. What I didn’t previously know however, was that in addition to the shows they offer on site, the SFPL also has a selection of online-only exhibitions.
Yesterday, I spent a good hour and half
obsessing over exploring their Picture This exhibition, which features photographs from the SHADES Project. Basically, the library collects historic photos from community members through this initiative, and then displays a selection online for the good people of the internet. Some of my favorites:
[Mission: Feast of Virgin of Guadalupe, ca. 1970. The donor’s father opened a tortilla factory on Fillmore Street in 1925. The family still runs Casa Sánchez, a large tortilla chip and salsa business. They seriously do make the BEST tortilla chips and salsa.]
[Mission: Mitchells Ice Cream founders. The family had a dairy at 29th and Noe Streets from 1851 until 1900. Picture taken in the alley between home and barnyard (511 29th Street), ca. 1890. Um, hi, have you had Mitchell’s ginger-flavored ice cream? I DIE.]
For more fun stuff, check out SFPL’s online exhibition, Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay, and my favorite photos from National Geographic’s tumblr, FOUND.