China Town San Francisco

About: Harpers Weekley, May 22, 1875

These sketches by Frenzeny and Tavernier of old China-Town need to be on the web.

"If you walk through China-town on Sunday you will see a curious sight, and one which, if you are a thoughtful man, will not amuse you."  

I'm not sure what did not amuse Mr Nordhoff,  it was probably some form of xenophobia. In the 70's i wandered around China-town  ... frequented the restraunts  .... saw the smoked ducks hanging in the windows dripping ... and learned not to open a Chinaman's trash which they carefully wrap up ... it rarely contains eatables. 

"Jackson Street, Sacramento Street,  Dupont Street and the streets and alleys which lie between, are the Chinese quarters of San Francisco."  

But don't look for Dupont street, they changed the name to Grant Avenue after the earthquake.  Grant Avenue has a touristy feel now ... all  the life, as i remember it, was over on Stockton. 

"A Chinese gambling hell consists of a narrow withwashed entry, at the end of which hangs a flop of cloth.  The play-room lies at right angles with the entry, and is, of course, out of view. In the entry sits a man, apparently asleep, or dreaming." 

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  2. chinatown
  3. san francisco
  4. 1875

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Seth says
A picture of modern San Francisco chinatown ...
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