On Jan. 19, 2014 a photo of Oakland from 1957 WENT VIRAL on twitter.

It was posted by @History_Pics which unfortunately did not provide a source. If you know the origins of this photo, please add that info here :)



The photo was taken downtown on Broadway facing north toward Berkeley.

Here are a few things you can see in this photo:

Here are some things you can't see in this photo:


  • Q: It appears to have been taken with a long telephoto (which visually compresses things). where was it taken from?


  • Q: What was the original source of the photo?
    A: It was taken in 1957 by Peter Jenny's father
  • Q: What is the tower to the right of Broadway past the Firestone sign?
    A: The tower of Lyon Moving and Storage, later The Saw Mill Furniture