Morning after Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Corner of Sutter and Kearny Street, San Francisco, December 8, 1941.


Clean as fack. Dat necktie The pants look too large, however. The fire hydrant continues to be here. Link is all messed up. Replace it with this hydrants that are are SF ...



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  • Clean as fack.
  • Dat necktie
  • The pants look too big, though.
  • The fire hydrant is still there.
  • Link is messed up. Replace it with this
  • Are hydrants in SF typically white?
  • I think they're different colors based on water pressure.
  • TL;DR: regular hydrant, fed using the domestic water supply (as seen in OP's photo) is white, sometimes with colored bonnets: Blue: non potable water Green: underground cistern is near by (a brick circle is inlaid in the street around the access covers, as well) There are 177 cisterns all over town with a total combined storage of 11 million gallons. TL;WR High pressure hydrants, (the bigger, fatter ones) are a standalone emergency water system fed by reservoirs up high on the hills (i.e. will not lose pressure if mains are broken in an earthquake), color coded by bonnet and sub-coded by valve cap color: Blue bonnet/cap : Jones St. Tank (750,000 gallons) Red bonnet/cap: Ashbury St. Tank (500,000 gallons) Black bonnet/cap: Twin Peaks Reservoir (10.5 million gallons) The high pressure hydrants are also served by two saltwater pumping stations capable of 10,000 gallons per minute at 300psi on backup generators. For extreme measures, the high pressure hydrants can also be fed using bay side manifolds via fire boat: Phoenix : 9600 gallons per minute at 150psi Guardian : 24,000 gallons per minute at 150 psi (the largest capacity in the world, in fact) San Francisco takes its firefighting seriously.
  • As it should considering 1906 and 1989. And all those cute painted ladies are held together with a ton of bone dry, dense redwood.
  • I always thought they were all yellow, or all red? As have been in the two cities I have lived in. Then I moved again and these ones are blue with red caps. It's different everywhere!
  • It's a little more complicated than that: https://web.archive.org/web/20070607182555/http://www.firenuggets.com/murray.htm
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