San Jose Then and Now

I think they’ve been online for a while, but I just found out about a couple of great sets of “then and now” photos hosted by the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association. There are found photos of commercial buildings and homes from the first half of the 20th century (and earlier), compared with new photos taken in the last couple of years; as well as a group of 1976 photos of downtown San Jose rescued from the Redevelopment Agency’s dumpster and compared with photos from 2006.

Below, my contribution, a 1920’s(?) city directory photo of the Franco Brothers’ market at the corner of Fifth and Santa Clara, now the site of City Hall:

Fifth and Santa Clara

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