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Postcard: San Francisco's Chinatown, 1943

San Francisco's famous Chinatown, the largest outside of China itself...

Sent by the U.S. Navy in December, 1943, this postcard went all the way to New Hampshire to someone's Aunty Daisy...

"I visited this place last Sunday. It's a nice place but kind of spooky. It's in San Francisco. I suppose the Chop Suey looks familiar to you don't it? There's a lot of hills in this place and plenty steep too."

I thought this classic view of Grant Avenue was a perfect tribute to the massive Chinese New Year's parade that's happening on Saturday. Chinatown can still be a little bit spooky, and I'm afraid that Chop Suey is very difficult to find these days, but not much else has changed in this image.


Postcard: San Francisco Chinatown, 1956

"A Night in Exotic Chinatown San Francisco, California. Here in the largest settlement of Chinese outside of the Orient, one may browse in fascinating shops, taste exotic foods and enjoy a truly unique atmosphere tucked away in the heart of a bustling, modern city."

As we head into the season of Chinese New Year, I thought it was only right to share this amazing postcard from San Francisco's own Chinatown, postmarked in 1956. Tomorrow morning (Thursday) marks the beginning of the lunar new year, the year of the Rabbit. A friend of mine told me that if you eat something sweet first thing in the morning, the entire year will be sweet. Now that's a nice thought, no?