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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

S.F. Signs of the Apocalypse: Removing Hobo Odors Via the UnCola

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 7:17 AM

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Photo | Joe Eskenazi, taken on Turk near Jones

Was it ever polite to refer to accommodations as "transient rooms"? We're guessing no. But we know for certain that, after a week's worth of transients bedding down in said rooms, nothing gets the essence of tramp out of the air like a few splashes of 7-Up.

By the way, this unintentionally humorous sign has outlived the El Rosa Hotel, which is now simply called the Helen Hotel. No news on whether the 102-year-old structure still uses soda to perfume the air.

Remember, if you see odd signs in San Francisco, don't keep them to yourself. Whip out your camera, snap a shot, and send it to me.

-- Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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