City Lights at 60: Then & Now Photos

CityLights_1956MagazinesThe periodicals section in 1956.

And today.


And on the topic of magazines, City Lights co-founder Peter D. Martin, first used the name City Lights—in homage to the Chaplin film—in 1952 as the title of a magazine, publishing early work by such key Bay Area writers as Philip Lamantia, Pauline Kael, Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Ferlinghetti himself, as “Lawrence Ferling.” A year later, Martin used the name to establish the first all-paperback bookstore in the U.S.

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