In 1895, the Market Street Railway offered its stock of obsolete horse-drawn streetcars for sale for $20 each ($10 without seats); people all over the city bought them and repurposed them into houses, coffee saloons and real estate offices.
Mayor Adolph Sutro purchased and hauled at least 30 street cars to the Ocean Beach and rented them to families and private clubs who wanted a weekend getaway from the noise and smoke of the city.
The Falcons, a ladies cycling club, connected several street cars together and built a lean-to for additional bike parking; they organized weekend rides, played cards and even smoked cigars in trousers! A group of Bohemians called the “Fuzzy Bunch” - Jack London was a member - had a picnic car nearby.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
The All that Glitters Series draws from San Francisco’s rich history using old photos of notable locations. All images for sale in this series are original ink drawings on archival paper, matted with black matte board, ready to frame. All matted works are 9'“ x 12” (22.86cm X 30.48cm).