Transit historian Grant Ute has coauthored with Walter Vielbaum, Robert Townley, and the late Philip Hoffman and Cameron Beach (the transit guys are very collaborative) to produce San Francisco’s Municipal Railway: Muni. A large-format 144-page book from Arcadia Publishing, this photo-history comes out in time for Muni’s 2012 Centennial and covers the railway’s development to date. If you can, I recommend you buy it at the one of my favorite places, the Market Street Railway Museum at 77 Steuart Street near the Ferry Building.
Also out in August is Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula by Jack Tillmany and Gary Lee Parks. We usually try to keep our focus on San Francisco history, west side in particular, but I can never resist images of local theaters. There’s something about the vanishing movie house that cranks up my nostaligia endorphins. (Jack, for all his knowledge and love of theaters is far less sappy than I. Perhaps because he’s managed theaters.)