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 :)

Peter Jenny: My dad took this photo in 1957, and I posted it on Facebook a few years ago. It's a trip to see it show up over and over, and I actually think my dad would kind of tickled than an image of his gets so much exposure.

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 Storage and Moving, later The Saw Mill Furniture