Each letter in the Greetings from San Francisco postcard mural spells out history, architecture and tales of San Francisco.
The Immigrant Story Behind the Classic “Greetings From” Postcards Long before Instagram, Americans showed off their travels using Curt Teich’s cheery linen postcards.
Linen Greeting From postcards, named for their embossed linen-like texture, were tremendously popular in the United States during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. There is no exact count, but deltiologists—people who study postcards—estimate that publishers developed over 150,000 different images and printed millions of copies. Cards typically depicted American scenes, venues, and businesses. They sold for a penny or were given away by local entrepreneurs or at tourist destinations.
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“S” – Fisherman’s Wharf and Crab Wheel Sign
“A” – Postcard Row “Painted Ladies”
“N” – Palace of Fine Arts
“F” – Golden Gate Bridge
“R” – Chinatown San Francisco
“A” – San Francisco City Hall
“N”- Alcatraz Island and Prison
“C” – Lombard Street – The Crookedest Street
“I” – Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill
“S” – San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge
San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge or as the Emperor Norton Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
“C” – San Francisco Ferry Building
“O” – San Francisco Cable Cars
CA – California
“C” – California State Bird – The California Quail
The California quail (Lophortyx californica), also known as the valley quail, became the official state bird in 1931. A widely distributed and prized game bird, it is known for its hardiness and adaptability.
“A” – California State Flower – The Golden Poppy
Golden Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) is also sometimes known as the Flame Flower, la amapola, and Copa de Oro (cup of gold). The Golden Poppy, belonging to the Papaveraceae family, grows wild throughout California, and became the state flower in 1903.