It’s 1951 and the “F” in the sign boxes of those Muni “A-type” cars might as well stand for “finished.” Because the original F-line, the F-Stockton, opened in 1914 between Market Street and the Marina District via Chinatown and North Beach, is wrapping up its 37-year run.
Here we see car Nos. 39 and 19 passing each other at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and North Point Street. The new double wire strung outside the single streetcar wire tells us 30-Stockton trolley coaches will soon take over the route.
Perhaps most fascinating, no tourists (there’s now a hotel where the Laminated Paper Products Company stood). And great views of Coit Tower and Sts. Peter and Paul’s twin spires. By the way, if Columbus seems awfully narrow to you, it is! The city later narrowed the sidewalks to make room for two lanes of autos in each direction. Talk about bygone days!