Stuff used to be made in SF

Door bell

My apartment building dates back to the early 40’s, and in many ways it’s a throwback to another era. Fuse boxes, steam heating, garbage chutes… it’s all very quaint.

But sometimes it’s sad to see how things have changed — the doorbell pictured above was actually manufactured right here in SF. Same with the sewer drains in the parking lot. All of these things would be made outside the country today, let alone San Francisco.

Today, the term “made in San Francisco” typically means “prepared in San Francisco.” There are no real factories here anymore. That bike or messenger bag that says “SF Made” on it might have had some customization work done on it here, but it certainly wasn’t manufactured within city limits.