By Peter Hartlaub
As a child of the Atari 2600 and “The Brady Bunch” marathons on Channel 44, I used to feel sorry for my father’s no-video-game-playing generation, and the no-TV-watching generation before that. I suspect my own sons can’t even fathom life without small screens and the Internet. What exactly did people do for fun in 1939?
Turns out they did just fine. While searching for old Golden Gate Park photos to illustrate an upcoming “Our San Francisco” project, Chronicle librarian Bill Van Niekerken found this wonderful pack of negatives, showing people of all ages recreating and relaxing on a single Spring afternoon in Golden Gate Park.