Long prior to billionaire Larry Ellison made his very first dollar, tony enclaves on the Peninsula were already house to a few of the richest and most effective locals of the Bay Area. In 1947, legendary LIFE publication photographer Peter Stackpole, a San Francisco local, was granted access to a number of the stretching estates in places like Woodside and Hillsborough. The photos he made distinctively catch a period of luxury that was seldom seen beyond more public settings.
Wealth on the Peninsula: A 1947 LIFE image essay
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