ScenePast is a modern-day delivery system for vintage postcards in app form. Even for those of us who aren't the sort to send out e-cards, the app is something akin to a free-form game of Then & Now. There's a map view that lets users navigate around the city in a virtual tour of midcentury San Francisco in all its tinted, Technicolor-hued glory. Views of landmarks like the War Memorial Opera House don't change (though the cars out front certainly do); meanwhile, midcentury restaurants are reborn as banks and the tourist buses stopping at Fisherman's Wharf look more like tech shuttles than the double-decker omnibuses of yore.
Last time we compiled a bunch of before-and-afters from around the Bay Area—from Sutro Baths and the Villa Roma to a Spanish mission in Sonoma that's barely changed since the 50s—and in today's batch we're zeroing in on San Francisco proper.
· Here Now, 32 Vintage Postcards from San Francisco [Curbed SF]
· ScenePast [Official Site]
· Then & Now Archives [Curbed SF]
· 10 Vintage Bay Area Postcards and the Same Views Today [Curbed SF]