CA­BLE CAR, SAN FRAN­CISCO (1947) BY MAX YAVNO

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Max Yavno (1911-1985) started out tak­ing pic­tures of New York for use in the­atre set de­sign, un­der Roo­sevelt’s New Deal. Post-war, he took what he had learned to Cal­i­for­nia, where he pho­tographed life on the streets of San Fran­cisco and Los Angeles, at a time when both cities were en­joy­ing new­found pros­per­ity.

Pic­tured here are com­muters on the Wash­ing­ton-Jack­son line of San Fran­cisco’s fa­mous ca­ble car sys­tem. The year Yavno took the pic­ture (which fea­tures in an ex­hi­bi­tion of street pho­to­graphs at the Robert Koch gallery, San Fran­cisco) the mayor had tried to rid the city of these 19th­cen­tury relics, but thanks to a celebrity-en­dorsed cam­paign and a land­slide pub­lic vote, he was forced to re­tain them. De­tails: kochgallery.com

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