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Interesting photos of hippies in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco in 1967 during the “Summer of Love” …

Ian Smith

The mainstream media’s coverage of hippie life in the Haight-Ashbury drew the attention of youth from all over America. Hunter S. Thompson labeled the district “Hashbury” in The New York Times Magazine, and the activities in the area were reported almost daily.

The Haight-Ashbury district was sought out by hippies to constitute a community based upon counterculture ideals, drugs, and music.

This neighborhood offered a concentrated gathering spot for hippies to create a social experiment that would soon spread throughout the nation.

All photos by Dennis L. Maness Summer of Love Collection, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

 

1398 Haight Street at Masonic. 1967. Now Magnolia Pub & Brewery.

1398 Haight Street at Masonic. 1967. Now Magnolia Pub & Brewery.

1736 Haight Street, west of Cole Street. Phyllis House of Style Barber Shop is located at 1732 Haight Street. 1967

1736 Haight Street, west of Cole Street. Phyllis House of Style Barber Shop is located at 1732 Haight Street. 1967

 

Drogstore Cafe (view from Masonic)

Drogstore Cafe (view from Masonic)

 

The opening of the Psychedelic Shop on January 3, 1966 offered hippies a spot to purchase marijuana and LSD, which was essential to hippie life in Haight-Ashbury.

With the Psychedelic Shop located in the heart of Haight-Ashbury, the entire hippie community had easy access to drugs, which was perceived as a community unifier. The neighborhood’s fame reached its peak as it became the haven for a number of the top psychedelic rock performers and groups of the time.

Acts such as Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin all lived a short distance from the intersection. They not only immortalized the scene in song, but also knew many within the community as friends and family.

Free Music on Haight Street

Free Music on Haight Street

 

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

 

Golden Gate Park, 1967

Golden Gate Park, 1967

 

Golden Gate Park, summer 1967..

Golden Gate Park, summer 1967..

 

Golden Gate Park, summer 1967

Golden Gate Park, summer 1967

 

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

 

Haight Street between Cole and Shrader

Haight Street between Cole and Shrader

 

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

 

Michael Vacheron and Mabel Anderson, Public Accountants’ Office

Michael Vacheron and Mabel Anderson, Public Accountants’ Office

The first ever head shop, Ron and Jay Thelin’s Psychedelic Shop, opened on Haight Street in January 1966. Along with businesses like the coffee shop the Blue Unicorn, the Psychedelic Shop quickly became one of the unofficial community centers for the growing numbers of freaks, heads, and hippies migrating to the neighborhood in 1966-67.

Another well-known neighborhood presence was the Diggers, a local “community anarchist” group known for its street theater, formed in the mid to late 1960s.

The Diggers believed in a free society and the good in human nature. To express their belief, they established a free store, gave out free meals daily, and built a free medical clinic, which was the first of its kind, all of which functioned off of volunteers and donations.

The Diggers were strongly opposed to a capitalistic society (Hill 69); they felt that by eliminating the need for money, people would be free to examine their own personal values, which would provoke people to change the way they lived to better suit their character, and thus lead a happier life.

 

Pacific Ocean Trading Poster Gallery

Pacific Ocean Trading Poster Gallery

 

summer 1967

summer 1967

During the “Summer of Love,” psychedelic rock music was entering the mainstream, receiving more and more commercial radio airplay. The Scott McKenzie song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, became a hit single in 1967.

The Monterey Pop Festival in June further cemented the status of psychedelic music as a part of mainstream culture and elevated local Haight bands such as the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Jefferson Airplane to national stardom. A July 7, 1967, Time magazine cover story on “The Hippies: Philosophy of a Subculture,” an August CBS News television report on “The Hippie Temptation” and other major media interest in the hippie subculture exposed the Haight-Ashbury district to enormous national attention and popularized the counterculture movement across the country and around the world.

The Psychedelic Shop Record Shop (1535 Haight Street) and Free-Minetti Sporting Goods Company (1525 Haight Street) in the background. 1967.

The Psychedelic Shop Record Shop (1535 Haight Street) and Free-Minetti Sporting Goods Company (1525 Haight Street) in the background. 1967.

 

Wild Colors Gift Shop

Wild Colors Gift Shop

The Summer of Love attracted a wide range of people of various ages: teenagers and college students drawn by their peers and the allure of joining a cultural utopia; middle-class vacationers; and even partying military personnel from bases within driving distance.

The Haight-Ashbury could not accommodate this rapid influx of people, and the neighborhood scene quickly deteriorated. Overcrowding, homelessness, hunger, drug problems, and crime afflicted the neighborhood. Many people simply left in the fall to resume their college studies. On October 6, 1967, those remaining in the Haight staged a mock funeral, “The Death of the Hippie” ceremony.