Last week I brought you the first in a series of posts on the treasure trove of San Francisco images of the last century from the archive of Indiana University, and the collection of late hobbyist photographer Charles W. Cushman. Cushman traveled for his job with Standard & Poor's, and clearly seems to have had a special love for our city, which he visited many times between 1938 and his death in 1972, taking some of the first color images of the Golden Gate Bridge in the process he was an early adopter of Kodak's Kodachrome slide film, which he used throughout his life.
You can read more about Cushman in this great multi-media package from NPR, and this week we're looking at photos he took over a week-long trip to SF in March 1952.
You see him wander Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Chinatown, Presidio Heights, Sutro Heights, and the Mission, and there's a particularly shocking image of a rundown Victorian sitting at what's now a pretty posh corner at 21st and Church, approximately a block away from Zuckerberg's new palace.
Included among this collection are photos of the then brand new Russell House at the corner of Washington and Maple Streets in Presidio Heights. Built by Levi Strauss heiress Madeleine Haas Russell and designed by German architect Erich Mendelsohn, the modern masterpiece is Mendelsohn's only residential project in the US, and Cushman referred to it in his notes as "The very last word in San Francisco dwellings." Curbed SF talked about the house here, and below you can see what it looks like now, obscured by trees but minus the power lines that are now underground, via Google Street View.