The San Francisco Brown Twins

Published! In JPG Magazine Issue 7
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Vivian A. Brown and Marian B. Brown have been San Francisco's unofficial mascots for four decades.

We bumped into them on Powell Street last night. When Heather tried to take a candid, they said, "No, sweetie, let's do this right." and guided us to the hotel steps for a "proper photo."

They moved here in 1970 and have no plans to ever leave. I can relate to that.

20 responses

  • Lee Quirk

    Lee Quirk said (18 Nov 2007):

    reminds me of diane arbus but in color

  • Nancy Konipol

    Nancy Konipol gave props (13 Dec 2007):

    An amazing shot - love it

  • Maria L. Ferrari

    Maria L. Ferrari said (22 Apr 2008):

    wonderfull shot and they are so amazing!!

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    Fantastic shot!!x2

  • Daz Vernon

    Daz Vernon (Deleted) gave props (12 Sep 2008):

    Lovely shot!

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Ohhhh, what an amazing photo!

  • Teresa

    Teresa gave props (27 Dec 2008):

    Ha ha, this is awesome.

  • Austin Wondo

    Austin Wondo gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    Love these ladies. I've seen them around SF over the years!

  • Tania Losada

    Tania Losada gave props (8 Jul 2009):

    jajajaja very funny!!!!!!!!! fantastic! ;P

  • Hannah Wilson

    Hannah Wilson gave props (13 Aug 2009):

    I've seen them walking down Powell as well...Great portrait, and these ladies are wonderful!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (13 Sep 2009):

    super shot!

  • Kristina Gale

    Kristina Gale gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    Love it! To bad the Macy's bag is there - otherwise perfect!

  • Elizabeth Griffin

    Elizabeth Griffin said (3 Jan 2010):

    These woman are so funny. See them at the SF mall so often.

  • ashton gosnell

    ashton gosnell gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    this is precious!

  • Bianca Stewart

    Bianca Stewart (Deleted) gave props (3 Dec 2010):


  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant said (9 Jun 2011):

    Met the twins in2000 in the VERMONT COCKTAIL LOUNGE

  • Chibelle

    Chibelle gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    This is perfection!! Love this so much!

  • lowison

    lowison said (25 Sep 2011):

    Gooooooood shot!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (5 May 2012):

    Nice encounter and photo

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Sep 2014):

    Spectacular shot... So beautiful

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