RON HENGGELER

March 3, 2018
Rare photos of 1930's San Francisco, by Marcello Camarri

Last month I received a phone call from a woman who had a collection of photographs that her grandfather had taken back in the 1930's.

The woman, Shirley, lives with her husband Dan in Roseville, northeast of Sacramento.

Shirley entrusted the photos to me.

Most of these photos by her grandfather Marcello Camarri, were of WPA work in San Francisco taken in the early to mid 30s during the Great Depression.

A number of them are of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island.

They can be viewed at an earlier post here.

None of these photos have been seen before outside of Shirley and Dan's family and friends.

Shirley

Granddaughter of Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

O'Shaughnessy Blvd. - Grading

San Francisco

November 26, 1934

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

October 30, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

November 26, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Grading and leveling one of the playground sites in san Francisco's newest recreation center, McLaren Park.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Tract

November 3, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

April 9, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: "Rolling hills and sweeping curves". Brazil Ave. extension through McLaren Park, playground ect. Approximately 450 men are employed daily in constructing roads, building playgrounds ect. on the project. The park encloses 426 acres of rolling hills and when the roads are finished, will have many beautiful drives.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lake Merced Blvd.

October 9, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lake Merced Blvd.

September 12, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Building new culvert and grading and filling for roadbed across ravine on unit#2 of Lake Merced Boulvard in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

October 30, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

No date, no description

Photo by Marcello Camarri

San Francisco Presidio's Letterman Hospital

January 15, 1935

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

Persia Street

October 29, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

September 20, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Excavating and leveling the playground site in Crocker Amazon Recreational Center. The loam is very rich and is being piled for future use in other landscaping projects.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

February 25, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Removing loose rock and dirt blasted from a hillside preparatory to constructing a new driveway through McLaren Park in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

November 26, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lake Merced Blvd.

October 29, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Fort Miley Landscaping

October 26, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Looking north towards the left wing of Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco before the grounds were landscaped by S.E.R.A. workers.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

November 26, 1930

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Filling and leveling for construction of a new driveway through McLaren Park in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

February 25, 1935

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Removing loose rock and dirt blasted from a hillside preparatory to constructing a new driveway through McLaren Park in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lake Merced Blvd.

September 12, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Grading and filling roadbed across ravine near culvert in unit#2 of Lake Merced Boulvard in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park Excavating

November 26, 1930

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

November 13, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

October 24, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Grading and leveling operation on site of baseball and recreation grounds in Crocker Amazon Recreational Center in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lake Merced Blvd.

October 9, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Cutting the bank and filling over the side near culvert on unit #2 of Lake Merced Blvd. in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lake Merced Blvd.

October 9, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

November 26, 1930

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Filling and leveling for construction of a new driveway through McLaren Park in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lane Hospital

February 12, 1935

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Unemployed librarians securing work through the S.E.R.A.compiling statistics in the Lane Hospital Library in San Francisco, Calif.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

November 26, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Federal Transient Shelter

San Francisco

January 17, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: Kitchen and Gallery of the Federal Transient Shelter 340 9th Street, San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

San Francisco

April 29, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: Grading and leveling operation for playground site in Crocker Amazon Recreational Center in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lake Merced Blvd.

October 9, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

O'Shaughnessy Blvd.

San Francisco

October 31, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Start of grade construction for the new O'Shaughnessy Blvd. in San Francisco, Cali.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

State Teachers College

San Francisco

October 29, 1934

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Fire Boat #1 and Engine #9

San Francisco

January 24, 1935

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

O'Shaughnessy Blvd.

San Francisco

October 13, 1934

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

San Francisco

October 29, 1934

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-Bll-179

Elephant Pool, San Francisco

March 18, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: "WHO SAID SATURDAY NIGHT' -The two elephants in the background are patiently waiting for their new pool to be finished. The copper expansion joints used in the pool has aroused great interest in the engineering world. 84 feet long, 54 feet wide, and 6 feet 6 inches deep at the sump, the pool's capacity is approximately 160,000 gallons.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Federal Transient Shelter

Mess tables

340 9th Street

San Francisco

February 6, 1935

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

San Francisco

June 4, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: S.E.R.A. workers employed on work relief are planting trees on the south side of McLaren Park in San Francisco, to prevent soil erosion as a part of the landscaping on this project.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Fleischacker Zoo Addition

San Francisco

July 17, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: S.E.R.A. workers felling trees at the start of the construction work on the addition to the Fleischacker Zoo in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Lake Merced Blvd.

September 12, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Cutting, grading, and filling for roadbed at the Stanley Street cut on unit #2 of Lake Merced Blvd. in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-Bll-255

Aquatic Park

San Francisco

April 19, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: Showing progress made towards completion of the lower wall of the seawall at Aquatic Park inSan Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-Bll-248

Aquatic Park

San Francisco

June 10, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: Unemployed laborers on work relief are here moving a boom which is used in handling heavy stones and material in constructing the breakwater in San Francisco's new Aquatic Park.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-D3-6

Sutro Forest Fuel Supply

San Francisco

August 5, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: General view of the wood pile and office buildings and tool shed at the Sutro Forest. Fuel Supply Depot in the heart of San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Tract

November 13, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-E4-45

Horse Shoe Court on Mission Street

San Francisco

February 26, 1953

Description on the back of the photo: Horse Shoe Court on Mission Street between 25th and 26th Sts. San Francisco, Calif.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Tract

November 13, 1934

San Francisco

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-D3-6

Sutro Forest Fuel Supply

San Francisco, Calif.

July 26, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: S.E.R.A. workers splitting and stacking wood in the wood yard at the Sutro Forest Fuel Supply Depot in the heart of San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

San Francisco

November 13, 1934

Description on the back of the photo: S.E.R.A. workers engaged in the mammoth task of grading and leveling sites for the playground of Crocker Amazon Recreational Center in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

McLaren Park

October 29, 1934

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Grading and filling the extension road being constructed at the end of Persia Street in McLaren Park in San Francisco, Calif. This view shows how a spillway was used in getting the dirt down the hillside.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-Bl-30

McLaren Park

February 25, 1935

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Removing loose rock and dirt blasted from a hillside preparatory to constructing a new driveway through McLaren Park in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Crocker Amazon Recreational Center

San Francisco

October 29, 1934

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-D3-6

Sutro Forest Fuel Supply

San Francisco, Calif.

July 25, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: View of the activities at the Sutro Forest Fuel Supply Depot in the heart of San Francisco, looking east from the hill above the splitting blocks.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2BI-29

Lake Merced Blvd.

September 12, 1934

San Francisco, Calif.

Description on the back of the photo: Cutting, from bank and and filling in across ravine on unit #2 of Lake Merced Blvd. in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2BI-29

Lake Merced Blvd.

September 12, 1934

San Francisco, Calif.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2BI-29

Lake Merced Blvd.

October 9, 1934

San Francisco, Calif.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-BI-28

O'Shaughnessy Blvd.

San Francisco

December 31, 1934

Description on the back of the photo: Air drillers in action on O'Shaughnessy Blvd. in San Francisco, Calif.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-Bll-436

Fleischacker Zoo Addition

San Francisco

July 17, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: S.E.R.A. workers felling trees at the start of the construction work on the addition to the Fleischacker Zoo in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2-Bl-30

McLaren Park

February 25, 1935

San Francisco

Description on the back of the photo: Work relief laborers planting trees on the south side of McLaren Park in San Francisco. This tree planting is to prevent soil erosion and is part of the landscaping on this project.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project 2B3-355

STATE TEAChER'S COLLEGE

San Francisco, Calif.

April 10, 1935

Description on the back of the photo: "FOR THE EDUCATION OF FUTURE GENERATIONS" S.E.R.A. workers excavating for foundation of Science Building at San Francisco State Teacher's College. 65 men are employed daily in this and other improvments on the grounds.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project: 2-Bl5-155

Fort Miley Landscaping

July 29, 1934

San Francisco, Cali.

Description on the back of the photo:View of the grounds of the Administration Building of Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco after landscaping.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project: 2-Bl5-155

Fort Miley Landscaping

October 26, 1934

San Francisco, Cali.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project: 2-Bl5-155

Fort Miley Landscaping

July 29, 1935

San Francisco, Cali.

Description on the back of the photo: Showing the landscaped grounds in front of the Clinic Building of the Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project: 2-Bl5-155

Fort Miley Landscaping

July 29, 1934

San Francisco, Cali.

Description on the back of the photo:View of the grounds in the rear of the Administration Building of Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco after the grounds were landscaped by S.E.R.A. workers.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project: 2-Bl5-155

Fort Miley Landscaping

October 26, 1934

San Francisco, Cali.

Description on the back of the photo:Administration Building and grounds of Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco before S.E.R.A. workers landscaped the grounds.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project: 2-Bl5-155

Fort Miley Landscaping

October 26, 1934

San Francisco, Cali.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project: 2-Bl5-155

Fort Miley Landscaping

July 29, 1935

San Francisco, Cali.

Description on the back of the photo:View of the groundsnear the south wing of Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco after the grounds were landscaped by S.E.R.A. workers.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Project: 2-Bl5-155

Fort Miley Landscaping

July 29, 1935

San Francisco, Cali.

Description on the back of the photo: Showing the landscaped grounds in front of the Clinic Building of the Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco.

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Photo by Marcello Camarri

Italian-American Social Club Dedication Dinner

August 11, 1940

Biography   

Marcello Camarri 

Marcello Camarri was active/lived in California / Italy.  Marcello Camarri is known for Painting; Photography.

Born in Italy on Feb. 11, 1877. By 1902 Camarri had settled in San Francisco and was studying at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute. He lived there until his death on March 26, 1972.


Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Death record.

Shirley

Granddaughter of Marcello Camarri

Shirley

 

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