Vintage Snapshot: Oakland 1984

Jack London Square, Oakland California, 1984click image for max. size

I took this picture in 1984, soon after starting my first job out of college. Sperry sent me for training at their installation on the Alameda Naval Supply Center, so I got to stay in a waterfront hotel in Jack London Square in Oakland for a month or so.

This was taken a couple blocks away, I think from near Embarcadero and Washington St. The microbus is pretty stereotypical, but I am a little surprised at the other cars in the picture. Several VWs of various types, but otherwise a lot more American brands than you’d see now. What can you find?