Cable Cars of San Francisco By Phil Palmer Soft Cover 1959

Cable Cars of San Francisco By Phil Palmer Soft Cover 1959

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Cable Cars of San Francisco By Phil Palmer Soft Cover 1959
 
Cable Cars of San Francisco By Phil Palmer 64 Pages Copyright 1959
N0 ONE WHO has ever ridden on a San Francisco cable car will ever forget the experience.
The freewheeling downhill roller coaster rides, the wild rushes through intersections, the apparently hopeless forays into avalanches of autos, the people who hang onto the outside poles and lean into the street on the curves, the conductors who must remember who paid his fare and who didn't, the gripmen who sweat and strain but who really enjoy it, all belong to the cable car, and to the cable car alone.
The cars have died out slowly since their peak at the turn of the century. The green cars of Powell Street and the red cars of California are all that remain from the glory days before the firequake of 1906. Yet the surprising thing is that any cable cars are left at all.
San Francisco has hung on to these last pieces of nostalgia not merely as an oddity to attract tourists (they are that), but also as a part of the peculiar charm of living on the Bay.
San Francisco is a romantic city-steeped and simmered in the indelible tradition of comparatively easy living. The city is up with the times, without a doubt, but it treats the times differently than do most cities.
The cable car can't keep up with the powerful electric busses which hiss up the city's steepest hills with effortless ease, or even the modern automobile, yet it is still part of the lifeblood of countless thousands who live in and around the Golden Gate. In its unhurried, wandering crawl from one point to another, it seems to refute the mad pace of modern living.

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