greetings from san francisco


Each letter in the Greetings from San Francisco postcard mural spells out the 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-finished Greetings 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

More Fisherman’s Wharf Info 

Fishermans Wharf Crab Wheel Sign








“A” – Postcard Row “Painted Ladies”

More Alamo Square Park, Postcard Row and Painted Ladies Info 

Postcard Row "Painted Ladies" San Francisco








“N” – Palace of Fine Arts

More Palace of Fine Arts Info 

Palace of Fine Arts









“F” – Golden Gate Bridge

More Golden Gate Bridge Info

Golden Gate Bridge








“R” – Chinatown San Francisco

More Chinatown Info

Chinatown San Francisco








“A” – San Francisco City Hall

More City Hall and Civic Center Info

San Francisco City Hall








“N”- Alcatraz Island and Prison

More Alcatraz Island and Prison Info


Alcatraz Island and Prison








“C” – Lombard Street – The Crookedest Street

Lombard Street Info 

Lombard Street - The Crookedest Street








“I” – Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill

More Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill Information

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.

Oakland Bay Bridge








“C” – San Francisco Ferry Building

San Francisco Ferry Building and Embarcadro Info

San Francisco Ferry Building








“O” – San Francisco Cable Cars

More Cable Car Museum Information 

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.


California State Bird - The California Quail








“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.

California State Flower - The Golden Poppy

Greetings from our Favorite City San Francisco!

The “Greetings from San Francisco” postcard mural was created in July 2019 as part of the Umbrella Alley SF project.  We invite you to visit the mural located in Fisherman’s Wharf – a perfect backdrop for your San Francisco vacation photo.

The “Greetings From San Francisco Mural” is sponsored by:

SF Scooter Rentals – goRide Electric Scooters with GPS-guided tours on each scooter – Start in Fisherman’s Wharf 
Lucky Tuk Tuk – Private Group City Tours and Beer Crawls 
San Francisco Jeep Tours -City Tours day or evening and Muir Giant Redwoods & Sausalito excursions.


Drop in and visit the mural in Fisherman’s Wharf :

757 Beach Street San Francisco CA 94108

Located in the driveway near the Wells Fargo ATM.

This is a fun art project that is supported by admission fees: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 12-17, and FREE for children under age 12

  • Spring / Summer / Fall 10 am to 6 pm daily. Occasionally open earlier and until sunset.
  • Winter 10 am to Sunset daily

The facility is gated and closed after hours.

Tag your photos with  #umbrellaalleysf


Check out updates and new pics on our social media channels:

Twitter: #GreetingsSF

Instagram : #greetingsfromsanfran

Facebook:  Facebook.com/greetingsfromsanfran


About the Mural Artist Maxfield Bala

Artist Maxfield Bala has been commissioned to paint a new mural in Fisherman’s Wharf at the headquarters of the Electric Tour Company and Lucky Tuk Tuk.

Read all about Maxfield and his many art and mural projects.