Just found this by accident and am so loving this...
San Fransisco circa 1906..
just look at the roads and everything around the camera..
Turn up the volume and travel back in time! This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever. It was taken by camera mounted on
the front of a cable car. The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Notice that all the cars apparently have their steering wheels on the
right side. The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there. (I'm also wondering ... how many "street cleaning"
people were employed to pick up after the horses? (Talk about going green!) And no traffic lights, no cross walks, no painted lanes, no road signs, no
cell phones - yet folks seemed to survive okay..........& obviously no pedestrian or driving rules or laws. Notice how much better dressed they were
in 1906.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!
so awesome to see what it was like back in the day...please enjoy!
Also just a side note... this was 3 years before the big quake hit and destroyed most of what we are seeing in this video...
even the cop walking by looks like he wants to bust you up...
edit on 9-9-2012 by baddmove because: (no reason given)
That was cool, the picture was really clear with no static or choppyness like you see in the old movies. did you notice how slow the streetcar was
going, even kids were running faster than the streetcar was moving
i`m surprised at how wide that street is, it looks like an airport runway you could probably land a modern airplane on a street that wide.
on 9-9-2012 by Tardacus because: (no reason given)
I think the long strides are due to the video's stretched aspect ratio.
What I find amazing is the amount of tolerance, or lack of agression exhibited by the people. If you put 2012 people in that scene, you would get
people flipping the bird, honking horns, shaking fists...etc. Road rage or worse.
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