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DVDs
It's our pleasure to offer these two fine feature-length DVDs by local filmmaker Tom Wyrsh

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DVD - Cliff House and Sutro Heights

The Cliff House and Sutro Heights
a film by Tom Wyrsch
$15 + $5 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.


Sutro's - The Palace at Lands End

Sutro's - The Palace at Lands End
a film by Tom Wyrsch
$15 + $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.


Remembering Playland

Remembering Playland
a film by Tom Wyrsch
$15 + $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.


Books
We're proud to offer these books by local authors.

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)
$22.95 + $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
$21.95 + $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
$40 + $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.


Carville-by-the-Sea by Woody LaBounty

Carville-by-the-Sea
by Woody LaBounty
$35 + $4 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 Richmond District by Lorri Ungaretti

Richmond District Book
by Lorri Ungaretti
$21.99 + $5 shipping/handling

Get the book by Western Neighborhoods Project board member Lorri Ungaretti, featuring over 120 pages of historical images and information on the Richmond district neighborhood of San Francisco. Read about the Gonzalez brothers making aviation history, the many Richmond theaters such as the Alexandria and Coliseum, and how the Richmond was "San Francisco's playground" through the decades. Every page has great photos of Richmond streets, homes, businesses and parks.


Theatres of San Francisco by Jack Tillmany

Theatres of San Francisco Book
by Jack Tillmany
$19.99 + $5 shipping/handling

You read the sad stories in the papers: another ornate, 1920s single-screen theatre closes, to be demolished and replaced by condos. That's progress, and in this 20-screen, multiplex world, it's happening more and more. Only a handful of the 100 or so neighborhood theatres that once graced these streets are left in San Francisco, but they live on in the photographs featured in this book. See the Alexandria, Surf, Fox, New Mission, Coliseum, El Rey and more in this great new book by eminent collector and movie-house expert Jack Tillmany.


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.


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