Chinatown: Shanghai Low

All the views on this page look north on Grant between Pine/California, showing Shanghai Low restaurant at 532 Grant. In Orson Welles' 1947 classic Lady from Shanghai, Michael O'Hara (Welles) passes Shanghai Low as he flees through Chinatown. has great photos documenting the film's locations. Today (in 2020) Lotus Garden restaurant occupies the Shanghai Low space. Some Shanghai Low ephemera is here.

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These cards all show a decorative fixture suspended over Grant Avenue.

These cards and the earlier cards show two way traffic on Grant; it later became one way northbound, as seen below.

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In 2020 the vertical "Lamps of China" sign at Grant/Vinton (not shown in the earlier linen era postcards above) reads "City of Hong Kong" and the Shanghai Low marquee is gone, but the vertical "Chop Suey" sign remains, now reading "Lotus Garden".


Continue north on Grant: see pages Sing Fat Co. and Sing Chong Co. at California, Chinatown: Hang Far Low near Sacramento, Chinatown: Before the Earthquake (2) and Chinatown: Bulletin Board at Clay, Chinatown: Street Scene at Washington, and Chinatown: Stores.

Steve's SF postcard pages: