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Three great commercials that use San Francisco as a prop

by assistant on December 30, 2010

I’m a huge San Francisco-phile. Not only do I live in this great city, but I’m also a little bit of a local historian and occasionally give walking tours of the city for my friend’s business, Foot Tours. I was just thinking about some of the commercials that have been shot here in San Francisco. Since the city is so scenic, you really can’t go wrong shooting a commercial here. But I think the best commercials are ones that don’t just show off the beauty of the city, but rather play with it as a prop. The following three commercials below do just that.

San Francisco as a giant pinball machine

Advertiser: Pepsi

Snowball down streets of San Francisco

Advertiser: Travelers Insurance

Super balls on San Francisco hills

Advertiser: Sony Bravia

And if you’re interested in going on a walking tour with me, let me know. My most popular tour is “Nude, Lewd, and Crude: The Rise of Strippers, Beats, and Comedians in San Francisco’s North Beach from the 1950s to 1970s.” Ping me. If we can get a big enough group together, I’ll take you on a tour.

Creative Commons photo attribution to Håkan Dahlström

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