Golden Hydrant pin

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By PSA Press:

This is the legend of the Golden Fire Hydrant, the miraculous fireplug that saved the Mission District of San Francisco in 1906.

When San Francisco burst into flames in the days following the disastrous 1906 earthquake, much of the city’s network of fire hydrants failed. Miraculously this hydrant, nicknamed “little giant,” is said to have been the only functioning hydrant and is credited with saving the historic Mission District neighborhood.

It stands on the southwest corner of Dolores Park to this day and is painted with a fresh coat of gold paint each April 18th.

Get yours here.

Fashion at Burger Boogaloo vs. fashion at Phono del Sol

Both take place in the early summer at smallish neighborhood parks (Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland, and Phono at Potrero del Sol here in the Mission), and both do a great job of mixing local talent with exciting touring acts (Boogaloo’s headliner this time was Iggy Pop and Phono’s was Oh Sees)

Mai from Fashionist was there for both. Can you guess which is which??…….

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Click through to Fashionist for more from both festivals, and elsewheres.

Thrift Town enamel pin (RIP Thrift Town)

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A big one from PSA Press. Here’s the official description:

RIP Thrift Town SF.

The iconic two story thrift store has closed its doors after 45 years in the Mission District of San Francisco (where PSA Press calls home). We recreated their sign in true vintage style for this special release.

In keeping with Thrift Town’s objective to give back to the community it served, proceeds from the sale of this pin will go to the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, an organization that has been promoting, preserving, and developing cultural arts in the Mission District since 1977. ( http://www.missionculturalcenter.org )

Thrift Town helped to raise over $250M for local schools and nonprofit organizations in their communities.

Get yours here.

Now please enjoy these past posts about pins or Thrift Town…

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Golden Boy Pizza finger, the pin

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PSA Press, forever turning iconic SF signage into wearable art, has another one for ya:

Golden Boy is one of San Francisco’s most iconic pizzerias. Since 1978 they have been essential to North Beach. We have recreated their famous neon hand sign for this special release.

Get it online here or at Golden Boy (home of the best square slices in town).

Now please enjoy all the other times we wrote about a PSA Press pin…

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Danny Bowien chef chic

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Fashion site Coveteur takes a look inside Danny’s closet. Click on each photo for a snippet of an interview with the acclaimed chef. Here’s how it starts:

I grew up in Oklahoma, I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch, had blue contacts and, like, N’Sync hair. I really tried to fit in, and then realized that wasn’t me. Now I really try to wear what I want and what inspires me.

Read on.

And please enjoy all our old Danny Bowien coverage too…

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Twins pins!

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PSA Press debuts yet another entry in their long list of enamel pins celebrating San Francisco’s history! Here’s what they have to say about the Twins:

Marian and Vivian Brown were American identical twins and celebrity icons of San Francisco for more than 40 years. Known as the San Francisco Twins, they were renowned for their appearance in media with adorning signature identically bright snappy outfits and hats atop meticulously coiffed hair. We seek to honor them as they are one of the reasons we fell in love with San Francisco when we moved here over 10 years ago.

Fun Facts about the Brown sisters:

1. When asked if they ever wore pants, Marian said, “I have never owned a pair, I never intend to buy a pair even if they were made of silk!” 2. The twins’ favorite meal was a small combination pizza from Uncle Vito’s served at 4:30 in the afternoon.

3.The twins always wore fake fur. “They call it faux fur but I call it fake. F.A.K.E!” said Marian in one interview.

Vivian passed away on January 9, 2013 at age 85
Marian passed away on November 20, 2014 at age 87

It’s two separate pins sold as a set, so you can have one for you and one for your twin (or bestie). Gettem here.

Roxie Theater marquee enamel pin (proceeds benefit the Roxie)

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A splendid holiday gift for the Missionite cinephile in your life. Available at the Roxie or via their website here.

(Made with help from the folks at PSA Press, makers of many other SF-themed enamel pins including a New Mission Theater marquee, some It’s-Its, the “Electric Skateboarding Is A Crime” pin, a very creepy Zodiac Killer, the classic Jimmy the Cornman, and a Doggie Diner head.)

(Also the “San Francisco Pin & Patch Pop-Up” is this Saturday afternoon at Mission Comics.)

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Grand Moff Tarkin enamel pin

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Local artist Doc Pop explains his latest creation:

Ever spent so much time searching for a thing, that you finally decided to just make it for yourself? I’m a big Star Wars fan and really wanted a high quality enamel pin based Grand Moff Tarkin’s imperial uniform. So I finally made some.

 Nice one, Doc! For sale here or at Mission: Comics & Art on Mission Street.

[via Doc’s blog]

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New Mission Theater marquee, now an enamel pin!

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The folks at Mission-based PSA Press (the makers of the Casa Sanchez “Jimmy the Cornman” pin and the Doggie Diner head pin and the It’s-It pin set) continue their tireless efforts to honor the Mission and SF:

The New Mission Theater in SF/CA was built in 1916. This Art Deco masterpiece boasts a 70 foot marquee sign that is a beacon at the heart of the Mission District where PSA Press calls home. In its early life, it showed mostly “B” movies. It is currently the location of our go-to movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse. The sign still stands tall 100 years later.

Limited Edition enamel pin

2 inches

Hard enamel gold metal with 3 color fill and two butterfly clutches on the back to prevent spinning.

Here it is in the wild:

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Get your own here. And see what’s playing tonight at the New Mission Theater here.