After the war, there was a particular spirit in the air of San Francisco. The energy was bright, and visitors and residents could again enjoy what was limited during World War II. Photographer Fred Lyon saw the uplifting culture through the fog and twinkling lights, capturing an entire era of San Francisco through his camera lens. Lyon was inspired by the true hustle and bustle of the city. His work depicts the construction of the bay’s bridges, the cable car rush, the nightlife of the north beach, and the morning’s catch of the Pacific ocean at fisherman’s wharf. It is refreshing to see that not much has changed in the city; the cable cars still run daily, the bridges still provide employment, and the unique European culture is seen in this American city still holds true. San Francisco is a city of prosperity, culture, happiness, and love in any era.
More of Fred Lyons photography can be viewed in the recently released book, San Francisco: Portrait of a City 1940-1960.
Images courtesy of My Modern Met.