Sunday, June 20, 2010


The soundtrack on Youtube is credited to The first track from Airs album called "Moon Safari".

This amazing piece of history was forwarded to me by a friend and has made the rounds, so I don't know who originally wrote the following in order to give them proper credit.  It was shot from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco and gives us a rare glimpse of the bustling lifestyle of San Francisco over 100 years ago.

"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 and the 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.
        Amazing, but true!"
Also in the email it further explained.
"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.  Absolutely amazing! 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!"
What struck me the most is the utterly chaotic driving and the number of what appears to be near misses as far as accidents.  The next is how dapper everyone is dressed with nearly all of the men in some sort of suit and hat and the ladies in elaborate dresses and hats.  Another thing is the long steering wheels on the car being on the right hand side instead of the left.

What most about the video struck you?

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