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Guide to the Wings of History Aerial Photographic Collection (1936-1941) MSS.2011.12.01
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Series I: Aerial photographs of San Francisco and Monterey Bay communities, 1936-1941

Scope and Content of Collection

The contents in this series consist mostly of aerial photographs taken from a biplane circa 1920s-30s. In addition, there is a set of ground-based photographs taken at night to highlight structures built for the Golden Gate Exposition of 1940, and another smaller set of individuals and groups at the Wings of History museum. Several of the featured structures have since been repurposed, including the Alum Rock Natatorium, Agnew State Mental Hospital – East Campus, Southern Pacific Rail Yard of San Jose and Treasure Island (site of the Golden Gate Exposition). Images of San Francisco’s SoMa district in 1936 and South Bay communities in the pre-WWII era can also be found. There are ninteen folders containing 113 photographic negatives and 10 prints; the series is arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

1 Box
 

Folder 1 - Alviso and Agnew Hospital, 6/7/1936

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 2 - Lick Observatory, 7/3/1936

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 3 - Capitola, 7/16/1936

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 4 - Monterey Road, 9/13/1936

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 5 - San Francisco Bay Bridge, 11/12/1936

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 6 - Golden Gate Bridge, 5/28/1937

 

Folder 7 - San Jose Downtown, 9/23/1937

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 8 - Alum Rock Park, 10/3/1937

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 9 - Spartan Stadium, 11/25/1937

 

Folder 10 - Alviso Flood, 2/3/1938

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 11 - Southern Pacific Railyards, 3/25/1938

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 12 - Santa Clara, 4/26/1938

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 13 - Los Gatos High School, 5/16/1939

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 14 - Alviso Flood, 2/28/1940

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 15 - Los Gatos Highway, 7/10/1940

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 16 - Salinas, 8/5/1940

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 17 - Golden Gate International Exposition, 9/23/1940

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 18 - Willow Glen and Milpitas, 4/19/1941

Language of Material: English
 

Folder 19 - Miscellaneous, n.d.

Language of Material: English