1950s: I Visited Santa at the “Big E” in San Francisco

(Me and my older cousin, Gabrielle.)
The “Big E” was the Emporium, a huge and historic department store on Market Street, with roots reaching back to the early 20th century. The Big E, a well known destination for all of us who grew up in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay.

[Image: The Emporium after the 1906 earthquake/fire.]

[Image: The Emporium after the 1906  San Francisco earthquake & fire.]