At Masonic Avenue and Page Street, 1931
In his first years, my dad lived with his parents in the Haight Street neighborhood, first at an apartment on Waller Street, and then on Masonic, between Haight and Page. Here he is at 4 1/2 years old, in 1934, standing just down from his house. This corner of the city hasn't changed all that much in the intervening eighty-three years. The building at the intersection behind him is essentially the same--except for the trees in front!
My dad loved it when I moved to this neighborhood, as he retained boyhood memories of it and recalled his parents talking about those early days. Over the years I've walked by his childhood house countless times, as I did just this Friday. I was reminded that it was Father's Day weekend, and of how much he had loved the City. Here he is in front of his house with a Kewpie-faced little friend, "Luciele":
Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, 1931