Friday, May 07, 2010

1906 San Francisco before the Earthquake - Original Movie

1906 San Francisco Street Car film - AMAZING...


Going back in time! This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever.

It was taken by a camera mounted on the front of a cable car.

The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing!

The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.

No traffic lights, no cross walks, no painted lanes, no road signs, no cell phones (!) AND NO RULES - yet folks seem to survive okay...!

Great historical film.

This film, originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot. From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!). It was filmed only four days before the quake and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing but true!

Thanks Ivan.... while the authenticity of this film is unverified it is a great watch..... note that the streetcars are not powered by overhead cables but rather a center track... kids taunt the driver which was typical of the era.... my dad told me stories of how the narrow tires of the day would get stuck in the tracks of the Montreal streetcars I imagine the same would happen in San Francisco.

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