San Francisco Bay
Western Shore, US Penitentiary Alcatraz, ca. 1950
During the island's years as a federal prison (1934 - 1963), many escapees headed for its rocky western shoreline, from which they would launch themselves toward the glittering lights of San Francisco, and freedom.
This postcard is postmarked in 2014 and has an ink stamp on the back from Alcatraz featuring a pelican with the words, 'Alcatraz is Spanish for "pelican". (see the photo below)
Here are a few more postcards....
San Francisco, California
Alcatraz Island showing San Francisco in the background
Photo: Steve August
This one is postmarked in 1999.
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Alcatraz Island San Francisco Bay
Once a federal prison for notorious criminals, the island is now part of the National Park System, and can be visited on tours leaving from Fisherman's Wharf.
Photos by Ken Glaser, Jr. in 1988