Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Neat link

 Someone sent a link to me that I had to share.  I love looking at things from the past.  Wished I had antiques in the house but do to the sheer nature of our children, we can't.  Have some but definitely not many.  Anyhow this video is from 1906 before the San Francisco earthquake.  Just was watching all the different people all dressed up.  Never do you see a woman in pants.  Many people walking.  If there is a car, definitely more than one rider.  Shoot, I think they had carpooling down way before we ever thought of it.  The horses don't seemed phased by all the noise which I'm sure there had to have been.  Can you imagine just a little over a hundred years later and there are lines all over that road, tons of lights, accidents, people talking on phones while driving, no horses to be seen, and so much commotion.  Just a different time back then & I think it's great to watch it.  Can you imagine officers of the law carrying a nightclub that big nowadays?  Times sure have changed.  I just thought it was something different for a change.  Here's a little bit from the email I received:

This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35 mm film ever. It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car. The number of automobiles is staggering 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!
This film was 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.

old trolley car video

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