Back in 2007 after I had ran the San Francisco marathon, we stayed on for a (well deserved!) holiday. I really loved SF and we went all over and saw all the sights, including Alcatraz. After our tour of Alcatraz, we were browsing in thier extensive bookshop, and we came across a beautifully illustrated book called 'This is San Francisco' by M.Sasek (Published 1962):
I was drawn in straight away by the fabulous retro illustrated cover.
And then page by page, were all the sights we had visited in SF.
This is my favorite page in the book, Lombard Street. Look at the 50s cars coming down the hill!
China town - this scene is right near where our hotel was
The hills of SF! And yes, they really are like this!
The Golden Gate Bridge, that we ran over at the start of the marathon.
And the drive in movie theatre - again LOVE the cars!
We bought the book straight away. I love it so much as not only is it a memento of our trip, but its the fact that it is filled with these mid century illustrations that just make it all that more special to me.
M. Sasek was a Czech author and Illustrator. His full name was Miroslav Sasek, but he always signed his work M. Sasek. He spent most of his life travelling to different cities, drawing and painting what he saw and writing these 'This is' books for children. The other cities he wrote about are:
Even though many of these books were written/illustrated in the late 50s and 60s, they are still so relevent today and make a lovely memento of your trip :)
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