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More Boomer Memories: Growing Up in San Francisco by Frank Dunnigan

Growing Up in San Francisco: More Boomer Memories
by Frank Dunnigan
$21.99 + $5 shipping/handling - 192pg, 9" x 6", illustrated

Newcomers and visitors can still enjoy iconic San Francisco with activities like riding a cable car or taking in the view from Twin Peaks. But San Franciscans cherish memories of a place quite different. They reminisce about seafood dinners at A. Sabella’s on Fisherman’s Wharf, the enormous Christmas tree in Union Square’s City of Paris department store and taking a handful of dimes to Playland-at-the-Beach for arcade games and cotton candy. In his second volume of these unforgettable stories, local author and historian Frank Dunnigan vividly recalls the many details that made life special in the City by the Bay for generations.

San Francisco's St. Cecilia Parish: A History by Frank Dunnigan

San Francisco's St. Cecilia Parish: A History
by Frank Dunnigan
$21.99 + $5 shipping/handling - 221pg, 9" x 6", illustrated

Originally housed in a two-story home and then in an old converted schoolhouse along Taraval Street in 1917, San Francisco's St. Cecilia Church today stands as a cultural pillar and architectural gem of the Parkside District. The parish continually grew to meet the demands of its members, despite the hardships brought on by events like the Great Depression and both world wars. Through years of expansions, new construction and additions, the parish remains an active gathering place for thousands of people. Local author Frank Dunnigan utilizes community remembrances and photos from dozens of different sources to tell the story of a vibrant parish that continues to live up to its motto: "The Finest, the Greatest and the Best."

Sutro's Glass Palace - The Story of the Sutro Baths

Sutro's Glass Palace - The Story of the Sutro Baths
by John A. Martini
$22.95 + $5 shipping/handling , 8.75 inches by 9 inches, 144 pg, color, illustrated, paperback

Sutro Baths is one of San Francisco's "lost landmarks." Built by Comstock millionaire Adolph Sutro as the world's largest indoor swimming complex, it dazzled visitors with its Victorian opulence when it opened in 1894. Attractions include seven swimming pools, a museum, restaurants, tropical plants, promenades, and seating for thousands of spectators. Never profitable, the Baths remained a popular destination for San Franciscans until it burned in 1966. Today, the site of Sutro Baths still attracts visitors who come explore its concrete ruins and mysterious tunnels. Sutro's Glass Palace is the fascinating story of this vanished but enduring piece of San Francisco history. lavishly illustrated with dozens of historic photographs and new artwork, this book will be popular with San Franciscans, historians, and visitors to the site.

Playland - The Golden Years

Playland at the Beach - The Golden Years
by James R. Smith (signed by the author)
$25.95 + $5 shipping/handling 150 pages, 8.5 inches by 11 inches, paperback

San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years is a comprehensively documented and illustrated history of the park from 1940 until its closing in 1972. It is the definitive and authoritative look at one of America's landmark amusement parks, Playland at the Beach, a glamorous park that is still revered by San Franciscans more than 40 years after it closed. Rare photographs of Playland at the Beach include the Fun House, the famous Looff Merry-Go-Round, the clubs & attractions (remember Chet Helms' Family Dog and the Model Car Raceways?). Not to be missed are photos of the park's great rides like Shoot the Chutes, the Big Dipper and the Diving Bell. Take stroll down memory lane to San Francisco's Ocean Beach from World War II to 1972 when this beloved amusement park closed forever.

Playland - The Early Years

Playland at the Beach - The Early Years
by James R. Smith
$24.95 + $5 shipping/handling 150 pages, 8.5 inches by 11 inches, paperback

San Francisco's Playland at the Beach is a comprehensive photographic record of Playland at the Beach from its construction in 1920 through its glorious heyday in the 1930s and 40s. The book presents over 350 rare photographs of Playland and the surrounding neighborhood, primarily never-before-seen photos drawn from the author's private archive. Richly illustrated and painstakingly researched, San Francisco's Playland at the Beach is a time machine fun ride through amusement park history.

Ingleside Terraces by Woody LaBounty

Ingleside Terraces: San Francisco Racetrack to Residence Park
by Woody LaBounty
Sale Price 50% off! Now $20 + $5 shipping/handling. 160 pages, 8 inches by 10.5 inches, hardcover

A giant sundial dedicated by fairies, bookies, horse-breeding capitalists, some of the state's first automobile races (and crashes), and a city official who discovered a cross burned on his front lawn are all part of the story of Ingleside Terraces, a unique San Francisco "residence park" with a racetrack past.

In this new, richly illustrated, 160-page hardcover book Woody LaBounty again unearths colorful, complex, and fascinating stories beneath the quiet streets of a San Francisco neighborhood.

Stories in the Sand by Lorri Ungaretti

Stories in the Sand San Francisco's Sunset District 1847-1964
by Lorri Ungaretti
$26.95 + $5 shipping/handling - 176pg, 10" x 7", illustrated

Stories in the Sand: San Francisco's Sunset District 1847-1964, is 176 pages of fascinating history, in-depth profiles of four people who contributed to that history, quotes from present and past residents, and almost 200 archival photographs. Stories in the Sand tells the little-known, colorful, and often surprising stories of people who embodied the pioneer spirit by moving into an area of San Francisco that was once considered uninhabitable, transforming it into a thriving neighborhood.

Life in the Sunset by Ron Jones

Life In the Sunset
by Ron Jones
$19.95 + $5 shipping/handling - 80pg, 11" x 8.5", illustrated

Life in the Sunset is a memoir told through the eyes of a child growing up in the Sunset District of San Francisco in the 1950's. It's a story about trying to fit in. How to be a part of the "in" group. Or outside looking in. Ron Jones is an author who has written about ecveryday heroes who enrich our lives. His classroom experiment in Fascism, The Wave has been made into a feature film. In addition to writing, Ron taught theater and sports to the physically and mentally diasbled for 30 years at the Janet Pomeroy Center.

Legendary Locals of the Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Park by Lorri Ungaretti

Legendary Locals of the Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Park
by Lorri Ungaretti
$21.95 + $5 shipping/handling - 128 pages, 10" x 7", illustrated with 200 b/w images

Legendary Locals of the Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Park delves into the history of some of the unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on San Francisco's West Side. Some of the individuals included are William Hammond Hall and John McLaren, major forces in Golden Gate Park; Well-known personalities like actress Barbara Eden, musician Vince Guaraldi, & photographer Ansel Adams; Amy Meyer and Phillip Burton, who helped create the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; and many more.

Carville-by-the-Sea by Woody LaBounty

by Woody LaBounty
$35 + $5 shipping/handling 144 color pages, 8 inches by 10.5 inches, hardcover

Carville-by-the-Sea: San Francisco's Streetcar Suburb, a new book by Woody LaBounty, vividly recalls one of the quirkiest communities in San Francisco's rich history. A bohemian settlement erupted at the beach as writers, judges, and lady bicyclists arranged, combined, and even stacked old transit cars to create "Carville-by-the-Sea." This hardcover book contains 144 full-color pages with extensive footnotes. The lush design recalls an antique scrapbook with hundreds of rare images from libraries, archives and private collections.

Then and Now: San Francisco's Sunset District by Lorri Ungaretti

Then and Now: San Francisco's Sunset
by Lorri Ungaretti
$21.99 + $5 shipping/handling, 96 pages b/w

The Sunset District developed late because of its distance from downtown and because of the sand dunes that covered it for thousands of years. After 1900, as public transportation spread and the automobile became available, housing and streets soon began to cover the Sunset District dunes. WNP Board Member, Lorri Ungaretti shows the changes that have occured over the last 150 years, from the time of the Great Sand Waste of the Outside Lands until today's largest of San Francisco's Neighborhoods.

San Francisco's Sunset District by Lorri Ungaretti

Sunset District Book
by Lorri Ungaretti
$19.99 + $5 shipping/handling

Get the first book by Western Neighborhoods Project board member Lorri Ungaretti, featuring over 150 historical images of the Sunset collected from libraries, government agencies, private collections and residents' photo albums!

San Francisco's West Portal Neighborhoods by Richard Brandi

West Portal Neighborhoods Book
by Richard Brandi
$19.99 + $5 shipping/handling

Get the book by Western Neighborhoods Project board member Richard Brandi, featuring over 128 pages of historical images and information on the West Portal, St. Francis Wood and Forest Hill neighborhoods. Richard has collected great photos and facts on the Twin Peaks Tunnel, local architecture, streetscapes, businesses and more in putting together this book.

Child on the Home Front by Robert Ross Talley

Child on the Home Front
by Robert Ross Talley
$19.99 + $5 shipping/handling

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area during World War II and the Korean War eras. Every good story should have elements of anxiety, suspense or mysetery, excitement, adventure, romance and comic relief. This book has all of the above. It doesn't get much more suspenseful than waiting and preparing for a possible enemy air raid or invasion at the beginning of World War II. Yet just because there was a war on didn't mean a kid into mischief... 8.5" x 5.5", 132 pages, illustrated - $19.99

It's our pleasure to offer these fine feature-length DVDs by local filmmakers

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DVD 3-pack

Ocean Beach DVD 3-Pack: Playland, Sutro's, and Cliff House
three films by Tom Wyrsch
$30 + $5 shipping/handling Color, Running Times: 60, 84, and 84 minutes

For a limited time, get all three of Tom Wyrsch's films on historic Ocean Beach attractions for just $30. Full-length documentary films about San Francisco's Playland, Sutro Baths, and the Cliff House are perfect additions for your home video library.

Through interviews, film footage, and hundreds of photographs, these films share local history and are fun to watch.

DVD - Trina Lopez - A Second Final Rest

A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries
A film by Trina Lopez
$22.95 + $5 shipping/handling Color, Running Time 46 minutes + 1 short subject, La Llorona 17 minutes

The feature presentation, A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries, exhumes the hidden history how this modern metropolis managed to systematically relocate nearly all of its burial grounds to make room for the living. Through recollections of residents who remember these forgotten graveyards to reflections on present day conflicts that pit the living against the dead, A Second Final Rest reveals an astonishing chapter in the history of the American West in which those who settled the City by the Bay were unceremoniously sent packing long after they had passed from this world to the next.

Remembering Playland

Remembering Playland
a film by Tom Wyrsch
$18 + $4 shipping/handling Color, Running Time 1 hour, plus 3 short subjects

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A full length documentary about San Francisco's famous 10-acre seaside amusement park, Playland at the Beach. Located next to Ocean Beach, it was torn down in 1972 to make way for a condominium development. Gone now for more than 3 decades, it remains one of the city's lost treasures. Go back in time to see Laffing Sal, the Fun House, the Carousel, the Big Dipper, the Diving Bell, Dark Mystery, Limbo, Fun-tier Town, and much, much more, all through the eyes of the people who were there. Packed full of historical photos and footage, a treat for any amusement park fan. The first and only documentary ever made about Playland. Running Time: 1hr.

DVD Includes 3 short subjects on Playland at the Beach.

Sutro's - The Palace at Lands End

Sutro's - The Palace at Lands End
a film by Tom Wyrsch
$18 + $4 shipping/handling Color, Running Time 84 minutes

A full length documentary film about San Francisco's privately owned swimming, ice skating and museum complex built in the late 19th century. Once the world's largest swimming pool establishment, the building burnt down in 1966. The ruins remain today. Journey back in time to revisit Sutro Baths when it was in full operation. See: The Seven Pools, Sutro Railway, Merry Way, Sutro's Cliff House, Ice Skating Rink, Egyptian Mummy Museum, Tom Thumb Exhibit, Musee Mecanique, Torture Museum, Lord's Last Supper, Ito, Giggling Ghost, 1963 & 1966 Fires, Sutro Ruins, and much, much more. A nostalgic trip back in time told by historians and the people that were there.

Through interviews, film footage, and hundreds of photographs, this film not only allows us to relearn and finally understand Sutro Baths' history, but also to feel and experience it. 84 minutes in length.

DVD - Cliff House and Sutro Heights

The Cliff House and Sutro Heights
a film by Tom Wyrsch
$18 + $4 shipping/handling Color, Running Time 84 minutes + 1 short subject

The historic Cliff House stands perched on a headland atop the cliffs on the northwestern edge of San Francisco, California. Originally built in 1863, it is now a key part of the Sutro Historic District. That district, now a park, included the lavish gardens and structures of Sutro Heights and the home of Adolph Sutro, entrepreneur, real estate developer, and populist mayor of San Francisc

The Cliff House has been rebuilt and remodeled many times through its century-and-a-half of operation. This full-length documentary film tells the story of the Cliff House, Sutro Heights, and the attractions surrounding them, both a nostalgic look back and overview of the area today. 84 minutes in length.

T-shirts, Mugs, and the rest
Check out these original designs from the Western Neighborhods Project. Show your support of the Outsidelands. Click on the images to see more.

Sunset District Coffee Mug Westwood Park t-shirt Richmond District Products Sunnyside Tote Bag OMI Products Playland messenger Bag