An abandoned cabinet full of Kodachrome slides in San Francisco

In a San Francisco neighborhood, a collection of 920 Kodachrome slides was discovered on a sidewalk, revealing images of the city in the 1960s during a time of significant change. These slides captured the construction of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and the subway beneath Market Street, as well as daily life in the city. Local photo collector David Gallagher was thrilled to receive one of the cabinets and described the slides as “amazing” and unlike anything he had seen before. After the story was published, a relative of the photographer, James Martin, came forward to claim that Martin, a schoolteacher and lifelong San Francisco resident, was the creator of the slides. Unfortunately, two other cabinets of slides remain missing. The mystery highlights the unique and captivating nature of these found Kodachrome slides.

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