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A guide to the Roy M. Fross photograph collection, circa 1920-1950
P99-010 (SAFR 23852)  
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Item No. 01.  Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, as seen from a ferry slip, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. A sticker with "5.32" handwritten on it is adhered to the print verso.

Scope and Content Note

Photograph was taken either at night or in the early morning.
 

Item No. 02.  View from Telegraph Hill toward the Ferry Building at night, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.
 

Item No. 03.  Sacramento (built 1877; paddle ferry) getting underway from a ferry slip as seen from the clock tower of the Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.
 

Item No. 04.  Passengers at the Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

View from the staircase near the front of the building, looking out one of the entryways. A group of four people is passing by and additional people are standing partially in view on the right. A display case is on the left and a neon sign for Viking Air Lines is hanging in the upper right.
 

Item No. 05.  Arthur Allan in the electrical control room in an unidentified location, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "Arthur Allan Stationary Engineer / Elect Control Room N[?] 2023" is handwritten below the photograph.

Scope and Content Note

He is squatting down. Numerous levers are mounted on the wall behind him.
Items 05-10 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 06.  Alan Dultz in the electrical control room in an unidentified location, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "Alan Dultz Electrician / Electrical Control Room" is handwritten below the photograph.

Scope and Content Note

He is seated in a chair. Various dials are on the wall behind him.
Items 05-10 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 07.  Sacramento (built 1877; paddle ferry) approaching a slip, as seen from the clock tower of the Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "From F.B. Tower" is handwritten below the photograph.

Scope and Content Note

Items 05-10 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 08.  Streetcar loop outside the Ferry Building as seen from the clock tower, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "Ferry Loop & Park from Tower" is handwritten on the photograph.

Scope and Content Note

A small park is in the center of the loop.
Items 05-10 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 09.  Ernest "Ernie" Boegershausen replacing sheet metal on the Ferry Building clock tower, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "Ernie Bogershausen [sic] Replacing Sheet Metal on the Tower Crown" is handwritten above the photograph.

Scope and Content Note

Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower are in the distance.
Items 05-10 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 10.  Market Street as seen from the Ferry Building clock tower, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "Looking up Market St." is handwritten above the photograph.

Scope and Content Note

The Matson Line and Mobilgas buildings are among those in view.
Items 05-10 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 11.  Embarcadero and Telegraph Hill as seen from the clock tower of the Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "Looking North From Tower" is handwritten below the photograph.

Scope and Content Note

Pier sheds line the right side of the photograph. Coit Tower and Alcatraz Island are in the distance. Businesses in the left foreground include Wellman, Peck & Company and Planters Nuts.
Items 11-13 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 12.  Sacramento (built 1877; paddle ferry) approaching a ferry slip at the Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Items 11-13 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 13.  Norman Kuhlmeyer on the fleet landing at the Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "Norman Kuhlmeyer on The Fleet Landing" is handwritten above the photograph.

Scope and Content Note

The clock tower is in view behind him.
Items 11-13 are adhered to the same sheet of 11 x 14 in. paper.
 

Item No. 14.  Freighter underway, likely as seen from the clock tower of the Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Ferry slips are in view in the foreground. A tugboat is also underway on the left.
 

Item No. 15.  Freighter underway in an unidentified location, broadside view as seen from a distance, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.
 

Item No. 16.  Sloop yacht underway on San Francisco Bay, California, port broadside view, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

"23" and an unidentified insignia are on the sail. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the distance.
 

Item No. 17.  Fishing boats moored at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3.75 x 4.75 in.

Scope and Content Note

BIG JIM, LEONILDA, and an unidentified fishing boat are in view. Boicelli & Boss Machine Works is in the right background.
 

Item No. 18.  Third Street Bridge span raised over Mission Creek, San Francisco, California, with a power yacht approaching, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 7.25 x 8.75 in.
Shared oversize box

Item No. 19.  Streetcar near the Transbay Terminal, San Francisco, California, circa 1940-1950

Creator/Collector: Fross, Roy M.
Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 5.5 x 7.75 in., mounted on a 11.5 x 16 in. mat

Scope and Content Note

The Embarcadero YMCA is in the left background.
 

Item No. 20.  PG&E natural gas storage tank and powerhouse in San Francisco, California, circa 1920-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 8 x 10 in.

Scope and Content Note

A train is underway on a trestle bridge in front of the building.
 

Item No. 21.  Saratoga (built 1925; aircraft carrier; U.S. Navy) underway in San Francisco, California, 1946

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in. "USS Saratoga / Headed for Bikini / Atomic Test 1946 or 47 / at Pier 39?" is handwritten on the verso.

Scope and Content Note

View of either the port stern or starboard bow. At least two airplanes are visible on deck. The vessel was headed to Bikini Atoll for testing the effects of atomic bombs on ships. She survived an air burst blast, but was sunk by an underwater blast.
 

Item No. 22.  U.S. Navy sailors aboard an unidentified naval vessel in San Francisco Bay, California, circa 1940-1950

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Seven men are on board. The barrel of a large gun is in view. San Francisco is in the distance.