For those of you visiting our site for the first time via the Bold Italic, welcome!
Using photos contributed by our collaborators over at the San Francisco Public Library’s San Francisco History Center, we’re hoping you can help solve some date and location mysteries as well as help Street View photos of San Francisco’s ever-changing Dogpatch neighborhood.
As mentioned above, in addition to solving traditional location and date mysteries within our Year of the Bay mysteries interface, we now have the ability to take it a step further and ask our users to help overlay these old photos onto their current Google Street Views.
We hope locals and out-of-towners alike can have fun solving some of these and more, while at the same time helping to enrich the San Francisco Public Library’s collections.
It’s easy to get started. Here’s what to do:
- Go to yearofthebay.org and at the top right, log in with Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. If you don’t have a Historypin account, create one for free!
- Back at www.yearofthebay.org, scroll down until you see the Mysteries Tab (default).
- On the left side, select Show me: Unsolved mysteries (also the default), and scroll down the list of Dogpatch mysteries (among others). If you want to see mysteries that other people have already commented on, tick Show Me: Under investigation on the left bar.
- Choose a photo from the list you want to help solve, and press Solve.
- Depending on what kind of mystery it is, the interface will prompt you to either enter a new date, find a new location, or overlay a photo onto Street View. Once you make your suggestion, you will be able to enter in why you’ve made the choice you have.
- That’s it! Because this is a beta tool (which is to say we’re still working on it to make it better), if anything weird happens, feel free to comment on this blog post, or fill out this easy form to let us know what happened.