Step Back in Time

There is always a story behind the story, and while they say a picture says 1,000 words, the San Mateo County Historical Association staffers have thousands of photos that they need help identifying to find the right words. Can you help them?


The San Mateo County Historical Association needs your help!

The Association recently purchased more than 30,000 San Mateo Times newspaper photos that span most of the 20th century and provide a glimpse into San Mateo County life and its generations, the San Mateo Daily Journal reports.

Mitch Postel, president of the historical association, bought the photos from a collector for $2,500.

Own a little piece of history by looking at these photos and help the association find out about the story behind each one, so the group can archive them.

Peninsula Patch sites will publish various photos as we get them so you can help us identify them.

Presidential Parade Photo: This “Presidential Parade” photo taken on Aug. 24, 1956.  Does anyone know where it was taken or who the horsemen in the photo are? 

Vietnam Protestor Photo: Here is Keith Mather (?) of San Bruno being arrested for anti-Vietnam War Protesting.  The date on the back of the photo is July 17, 1968.  Does anyone know the story behind this photo?

Please note in the comments if you have information about the photos attached.

Then call or e-mail  archivist, Carol Peterson, if you want more information. Carol can be reached by phone, 650.299.0104, or e-mail, carol@historysmc.org

is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jamie White May 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Diane - It looks like this is the caption, a bit muddled, but, wow! The Text Content on Page 1 of San Mateo Times , August 24, 1956 is: rt Van 3 The triumphant entry of President Dwight D. Eisenhower into San Matco county via Bayshore and Geneva avenue to make his speech at the GOP Cow Palace convention is shown in the above panoramic photo by Times cameraman Ray The president was preceded by the 43-ir.-an mounted posse of Sheriff Earl B- shown above dressed in their finest and mounted on superb palomino President Eisenhower's new plastic car can be seen the far The presidential parade lasted only seven the shortest In the mounted patrol's Thousands Line Tracks To Cheer Ike And Mamie Thousands of from South San Francisco to San of them workaday people who couldn t have the time off to go to the Cow even it they'd had a glimpse last night of the dent of the United States and his At main whistle stops and railroad crossings along the SP's Peninsula thousands waited to see and cheer President and Mrs. Eisenhower as the passed through on its way to yy rewarded
Steve Hayes May 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Just out sight seeing around Europe - was supposed to be in Prague the day of the invasion, but I got delayed.
Jamie White May 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Here is the Keith Mather story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/20/MNSOLMATHER20.DTL&ao=all
Smcha Development May 10, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Great job everyone! More to come. Mitch Postel, President, San Mateo County Historical Association
Diane Miller May 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
A bit. :) I love all the old local pictures and comparing them to the location today.


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