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Videos [Updated]


Continuing our update, we have also looked beyond the Archives to see what else needs revising. Turns out that our Videos stream had some broken links to research, possibly repair, or delete. There were over a dozen broken links to off-site videos and they are now gone. Several got fixed, and maybe you all noticed that we were adding new ones yesterday while trying to repair the rest. Click on through for stencils in motion!

The Stencil Photo Uploads Begin in Chile

Fun one in Valparaiso (ph by Amanda)


Here we go! So much to learn about the newest version of Stencil Archive, and we are taking it sloooow. To start off the New Era, we will spend some time in South America. Amanda in Argentina has been sending great photos from her travels, and she even checked out the new site before it went live. Thanks, as always! This morning, we will visit Chile and look at some fun walls. Enjoi!

Construction Demo Reveals Two 1930s Tags

1939 SF tag

Nearly century-old mural uncovered in S.F.’s Mission District

By Megan Fan Munce
Dec 06, 2023

Nate Halverson was up on his building’s roof taking in the sunrise last Wednesday when some early morning construction caught his eye. At a parking lot near the intersection of Valencia and Cesar Chavez streets, a worker in an excavator was taking down a vacant building to make way for new construction. Halverson watched as the debris peeled away, revealing behind it a 1930s Chevrolet dealership mural.

The mural itself isn’t dated, but a light bulb-shaped graffiti tag dated July 17, 1939, places the mural somewhere during or before the 1930s. Another tag, painted below the mural, is dated 1935.