1959 San Francisco aerial photos show a city on the verge of transformation

In 2019, The Chronicle uses drones to take photos from a bird’s-eye view.

But in 1959, a staff photographer went up in a helicopter for a then-rare, but illuminating, view of San Francisco from above.

Sixty years ago, a Chronicle photographer snapped a bird’s-eye view of San Francisco — right before the city was about to change.

1959 San Francisco aerial photos show a city on the verge of transformation

Aerial photos of San Francisco taken in 1959 by a Chronicle photographer provide a unique view of a city about to change.


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