Bird's-eye view of San Francisco


This aerial photograph shows a section of San Francisco, California, and its waterfront along the bay. By the time the picture was taken on January 30, 1951, the expansion of shipbuilding and other wartime defense industries had greatly boosted the city's population. The curving pier in the middle of the photograph is the Municipal Pier; to the right is the city's famous Fisherman's Wharf. Partially seen on the left are the grounds of the Presidio, a former military installation, which is currently part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

National Archives, Records of the Defense Intelligence Agency