This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever that has come to light. It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable
car as it`s traveling down a a San Francisco street. Amazing piece of historic film.
The number of automobiles is surprising (to me) for 1906. The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there. ... How
many "street cleaning" people were employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green err brown ?
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 Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and shipped by train to NY for processing. Anyway hopefully there will be a
few who enjoy this bit of history...
Seems like every man is wearing a suit, or looking smart anyway. I love the lack of road rules although I wouldn't have liked to have been walking
around on that road with all the people who nearly got run over in that clip.
Yes Calisthenics, strength and beauty, rather like the 'strength through joy' program of the third Reich or the twin pillars of Freemasonry.
The word Calisthenics comes from the ancient Greek kallos (κάλλος), which means beauty, and sthénos (σθένος) meaning strength. It is
the art of using your own body weight and qualities of inertia as a means to develop your physique
Why all the kamikaze people crossing right in front of the cable car? Even the horse draw carts pulling front and slowing down, people walking in the
middle of the street, horses and cars going both ways on both sides of the street. I wonder how many people got run over back then?
Funny no one has mentioned the serious lack of women in that film. I may have missed some in the beginning, but when I really started paying
attention, I didnt see any until like 3:03, 5:20,and 6:30, give or take a couple seconds.
I do love these old films though, going to look at a few more that were posted
Thanks for sharing this video! I hadn't seen it before. Even with all that "big city" activity & bustle, the journey down Market Street is somehow
more peaceful-seeming than the same trip is today. What's eerie is when you realize that almost total devastation of that area was only days away.
I downloaded this one, & will keep it with another early San Francisco video I found on YT. Thomas A. Edison, Inc (maybe the old man himself?) mounted
a camera on the front of a steam railroad engine that carried passengers between the Ferries at the foot of Market Street, out to the exotic far-off
place that was Land's End. The movie is from 1902, & captures the scenic portion of the trip, along the track bed atop the cliffs of the Golden
Gate, on SF's northwest coast. BTW, much of the track bed slid into the water, along with much of El Camino Del Mar, which roughly follows the train
route today, during the 1906 earthquake.
This may be of most interest to those who are familiar with the Land's End area as it is now:
i think most of the women(in that time period mind you) were at home either with children,doing the house wife thing or working in factories (sewing
etc) and that were seeing the men going about their business as was normal for the time perhaps they were riding on the trolley at the time behind the
camera ,but that was an observation i had not noticed until you pointed it out
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