PICTURES OF SAN FRAN; AFTER ARMISTEAD

A tour of San Francisco in search of the shadows of Tales of the City, the epic Armistead Maupin series of novels, begun as a regular feature in 1974 in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper and following the lives of a group of family, friends and foes, career go-getters and castaways spanning over 40 decades of trials and tribulations, change and controversies:

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Where it all beings, with Mary Ann’s arrival at the Buena Vista Cafe

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The Stairway to the fictional 23 Barbary Lane, home to Mrs Magrigal and her tenants

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Macondray Lane, the real Barbary Lane

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The iconic Powell Hyde cable car Michael Tolliver rode in dressed as Pan

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Supposedly the inspiration for 23 Barbary lane, Maupin lived close by

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Maupin lived in the red rooftop house and took inspiration from his rooftop views 

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Where Mary Ann Singleton and Brain Hawkins live in unhappy matrimony

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The Transamerica Pyramid which Mrs. Madrigal believed to be a beacon from Atlantis  

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The City seen from above with the bay on the distance 

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Where Norman Neal Williams meets is fate

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The legion of Honor where Mary Ann confronts Norman

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Alamo Park where Edger and Anna have lunch and a homemade ‘brownie’

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Below the Golden Gate Bridge

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The twists of Lombard Street

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The Hosts with the Mosts, Susie and Trey, in Delores Park on the door step of the Castro, Michael Tolliver’s playing ground

All Photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

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