Bird’s-eye view of Fillmore Street, looking south towards Post Street and Geary Street, late 1940s. The Fillmore Auditorium is on the right in the distance, with Temple Beth Israel next to it on the right. David Johnson
The Majestic Hall, Fillmore at Geary, 1914, soon after it was built. The hall later became known as The Fillmore Auditorium.
The busy corner of Geary and Fillmore, 2/1952, before Geary Street was widen and turned into a boulevard. The image was taken by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, who painstakingly photographed, numbered and catalogued each building in the neighborhood.
GallenKamps shoe store, 1698 Fillmore Street on the corner of Post looking north towards Sutter Street. 02/1952. San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Archives
Unkown band inside a Fillmore club. Steve Jackson Jr.
The outside of the Manor Plaza Hotel, 930 Fillmore Street, mid-1950s. San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Archives
Duke Ellington and friends in the Manor Plaza Hotel, late February 1952 when Duke was playing a concert at the War Memorial Opera House. Steve Jackson Jr.
Musicians Frank Butler, Armando Peraza and George Walker inside Bop City, early 1950s. Frank Jackson Collection
Wesley Johnson Sr. and his staff behind the bar of the Texas Playhouse, 1836 Fillmore Street, mid-1950s. Wesley Johnson Jr. Collection
Wesley Johnson Sr. and T-Bone Walker inside the Texas Playhouse, late-1950s. Wesley Johnson Jr. Collection
Wesley Johnson Sr. and one of the Club Flamingo waitresses, late 1940s. Wesley Johnson Jr. Collection
The Champagne Supper Club chorus line, early 1950s, Yvette Steward Collection
R&B singer Ruth Brown with piano player Frank Jackson behind her and sax player Leo Wright to her right. Booker T Washington Hotel Cocktail Lounge. Late 1950s. David Johnson
L-R: John Handy, Pony Poindexter, John Coltrane, and Frank Fisher jamming at Bop City. Steve Jackson Jr.
Patrons at the Club Flamingo, before it was remodeled and called the Texas Playhouse, early 1950s. Wesley Johnson Jr. Collection
A busy night at the Texas Playhouse, 1836 Fillmore Street, mid-1950s. Wesley Johnson Jr. Collection
Pony Poindexter, saxophone and flute player Leo Wright on stage at Bop City, late 1950s. Steve Jackson Jr.
Roy Milton on drums at the Primalon Ballroom, April 17, 1954. Singer Camille Howard is behind him. David Johnson
Jimbo Edwards and Arthur Prysock at Bop City, early 1950s. Frank Jackson Collection
A late night jam session at Bop City, mid 1950s. Steve Jackson Jr.
Well dressed women at the Club Flamingo, early 1950s. Wesley Johnson Jr. Collection
An unknown Fillmore bar, lat 1950s. Steve Jackson Jr.
A diverse Fillmore youth baseball team photo, early 1950s. Danny Duncan’s uncle, Sonny Wilber Brown, is on the left in the middle row. Danny Duncan and Margo Duncan Collection
A 1951 class photo from Rafael Weill Elementary School (now Rosa Park Elementary) on Buchanan and O’Farrell Streets reflects the diversity of the Fillmore neighborhood. Danny Duncan’s sister Joanne is in the back row, far left. Danny Duncan and Margo Duncan Collection