Day 100 of Project 365: Rose City.

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Our back yard is starting to look very springy indeed! Here is a new addition, a Winsome miniature rose for our new home in Rose City.

On an unrelated note, my charming husband (and favorite Jacobite scholar) recently contributed his historical expertise to Episode 136 of The Outlander Podcast. You do not need to be a fan of the books or show to enjoy this discussion.

Writing from: my makeshift study in the dining-room. Listening to: Episode 136 of The Outlander Podcast, of course.

1940s-era Coca-Cola billboard in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights to be covered up

How disappointing. From the article: “The suddenly infamous Bernal Heights Coca-Cola billboard will apparently be covered up with siding in the hope that it can be preserved until a possible historic designation makes it legal to display once more.”

NIMBY vs. Vintage Sign: The Lost History of the Former Tipton’s Grocery Store

For those of you following the Bernal Heights Coca-Cola sign saga, here is the update from Bernalwood.

Historic Bernal Heights Coca-Cola Sign Outlawed

I had the pleasure of photographing this sign during a SFlickr photostroll a few years ago. Although I am no fan of the brand, I care about protecting the sign as a piece of San Francisco history.

If you care too, please help me in searching the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection for evidence that the sign existed before 1965. I have already searched Flickr Commons, to no avail, but could always use a triple-check. The sign is located at the corner of Tompkins and Banks.

(via James)

Update, 17 February 2011: I searched Flickr Commons, but found no results. I also searched the San Francisco Historical Photographs collection at SFPL, but didn’t find anything there either. I contacted SF City Guides and the Mechanics’ Institute Library. The latter pointed me to the California Historical Society’s photograph collection. Then I remembered that SFPL recently digitized their city directories. I found “Tipton’s Gro” at 601 Tompkins on page 828 of the 1964-65 directory. This does not prove that the Coca-Cola sign existed, but searches for Tipton’s Grocery/Grocers may uncover something. I hope this helps.