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Vintage San Francisco; for gifts or collections, you can order historic prints of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Vintage San Francisco Change is constant in the Bay Area. Time and events--the earthquakes of -06 and '89, the building of bridges--reshapre our cities and leave us nostalgic not just for the last century but even for last summer. Here we list three photograph archives, scrapbooks for the region, where you can view old photos and order them for gifts.

Gabriel Moulin Studios, 526 Second Street (near Bryant). This firm has been documenting local history since the turn of the century and has accumulated more than 50,000 negatives. Many of Moulin's pictures form the basis of other collections. The archive is open by appointment; call (415) 541-9454.

Row upon row of file file boxes contain photographs covering a range of subjects including the city's devastation after the earthquake and fire of 1906, the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, and aerial views of the Bay Area decade by decade. Prints cost about $35 for an 8- by 10-inch image. Allow 10 days.

Photograph Collection, San Francisco History Room, on the third floor of the Main Library, Civic Center. This is part of an archive devoted to San Francisco history. Photographs by Moulin and others depict such subjects as Chinatown, the city's original dirt-runway airport at Mills Field, and political figures.

The earthquake damaged the building. At press time, authorities were hoping to reopen the archive by mid-November. Call 558-5130 for information.

Historic Documents Collection, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Building E, Fort Mason Center. Shipping, the waterfront, and maritime life are some of the major subjects portrayed. Call the reference librarian at 556-9874. Hours are 5 to 8 Tuesdays, 1 to 5 Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 to 5 Saturdays. Prints usually start at $12 for a 5- by 7-inch or 8- by 10-inch image. It costs more to make copies of prints that have no negatives on file.
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