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Original 1906 San Francisco film (Awesome!)
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Posted on 03/21/2010 1:08:05 PM PDT by Hildy

This is well worth viewing and filmed just 4 days before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

You'll appreciate the research that it took to date this film so be sure to read this first.....

Here's a neat opportunity to enjoy some time-travel. The film is from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco, four days before the big earthquake/fire that destroyed the area. You can clearly see the clocktower at the end of the street at the Embarcadero wharf that's still there... The quality & detail is great, so be sure to view it full screen.

The 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 and shadows indicating the 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!), the film could be correctly dated.

It was filmed only four days before the quake and shipped by train to New York for processing. Amazing but true!

According to Wikipedia, traffic signal lights were not invented until 1912, and not common for some years later. Click below to watch:

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Also on the same site you can view another such covering the same ground made in 2005


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Enjoy!
1 posted on 03/21/2010 1:08:05 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy

What??? No sound?

It’s the day that Pelosi was born and GOD destroyed the mold.


2 posted on 03/21/2010 1:14:15 PM PDT by Paul46360
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To: Hildy

Thanks. That was interesting.


3 posted on 03/21/2010 1:16:49 PM PDT by liege
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To: Hildy

I’ve seen it before and never get tired of it.

Thank you.


4 posted on 03/21/2010 1:18:38 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!)
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To: Hildy

5 posted on 03/21/2010 1:18:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Hildy
Wow, if people didn't have good judgment and timing they were done for.
Today, most people can't even make a left turn w/o a green arrow.
6 posted on 03/21/2010 1:19:06 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Hildy

No Gay Pride parade that day.


7 posted on 03/21/2010 1:19:07 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Hildy

Fascinating, for the near-anarchy that somehow functions. No traffic lights, no stop signs, no police directing traffic (one policeman is clearly seen, but he’s doing nothing to control traffic). Horse-drawn vehicles, autos, street cars, pedestrians— all cutting each other off but somehow surviving.


8 posted on 03/21/2010 1:21:38 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Hildy

Wow, thanks. Love the music, too.


9 posted on 03/21/2010 1:22:45 PM PDT by MonicaG (Thank you to our military & veterans, with love & gratitude. XOXOXO)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

That’s how most cities in the third world still are.


10 posted on 03/21/2010 1:23:05 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: Hildy

That was great. Early autos, horse-drawn carriages, streetcars, and pedestrians (dressed almost exclusively in black) all staying out of each other’s way, without street lights for assistance, with the greatest of ease and good cheer.

Some real character out there. Check out the big dude at the far right corner of the screen at the 1:16 mark. Very hip shades. Looks like Belushi in the Blues Brothers.


11 posted on 03/21/2010 1:24:06 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: JoeProBono
This is exactly what Wall Street will look like after Obama's second term.

Leni

12 posted on 03/21/2010 1:24:10 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore"-10/20/09: "Obama is not a Marxist")
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To: Hildy

I saw this a few months ago. Still the coolest thing to watch.


13 posted on 03/21/2010 1:27:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Hildy

I have found among my mothers things a photo album made by a cousin as he was stationed near S. F. during WWI. He went to the zoo. I wonder if it could also be dated? There are a couple of shots of the military camp and parade grounds.


14 posted on 03/21/2010 1:28:30 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: Hildy

Thanks, no road signs or lines telling people where to drive, yet everyone seems to be humming along just fine! Horses and cars! LOL thanks.


15 posted on 03/21/2010 1:28:44 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: Hildy

Thank you, that is simply awesome. But they were crazy drivers!


16 posted on 03/21/2010 1:29:11 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: MinuteGal
...and after his 3rd, 4th and 5th terms.

El Presidente Chavez MAO-bama!

17 posted on 03/21/2010 1:31:02 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Hildy
If you check out some of the sites devoted to the old muninciple railways, you will find many videos like these. I have seen this one, and I remember that on that site, they also had a video of the same trip just weeks AFTER the quake.....Awesome!
18 posted on 03/21/2010 1:32:38 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (Charter member of the April 19th +235 Years Society)
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To: Hildy
If you check out some of the sites devoted to the old muninciple railways, you will find many videos like these. I have seen this one, and I remember that on that site, they also had a video of the same trip just weeks AFTER the quake.....Awesome!
19 posted on 03/21/2010 1:32:38 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (Charter member of the April 19th +235 Years Society)
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To: Hildy

That was very cool. Thanks for posting.


20 posted on 03/21/2010 1:32:59 PM PDT by baseballmom (Philadelphia Phillies - 2009 National League Champions)
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To: Hildy

Amazing there were that many cars outnumber the horses in 1906.

What a great picture of a slice of urban life at that time.


21 posted on 03/21/2010 1:34:31 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Hildy

Enjoy!

I did. I worked in the city in the late 1970s and I thought it a zoo then. This film just reinforced my observation.
At least the 1906 ers dressed better.


22 posted on 03/21/2010 1:44:03 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (The game continues. Let them come for me and mine.)
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To: Fido969

Ont thing that struck me is how few women are seen in this film. I suppose most women stayed at home those days except for very special occasions. (Of course, women would be handicapped somewhat trying to dodge everything in the clothes they wore—LOL!)


23 posted on 03/21/2010 1:44:32 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Hildy

Wow! Thanks! Amazing - so much history and so many events have transpired since then. They were blissfully unaware of the fate that soon awaited them in just a few days.

What a great city it was...thriving and active with everyday city life. What an amazing view of reality this is. The emergence of the automobile, the trolley, the lack of traffic control, the fashions of the day, the street activity, the reactions of those seeing the camera .....amazing.

I think these San Franciscans would be mortified to know the connotation their great city has these days.


24 posted on 03/21/2010 1:46:55 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Hildy

NO INCOME TAX! Miniscule government.


25 posted on 03/21/2010 1:48:20 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Hildy

Do you happen to know what section of Market Street this goes down?

My grandmother lived on the corner of Powell and Market in 1906.


26 posted on 03/21/2010 1:56:59 PM PDT by Chesterbelloc
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To: Hildy

I’ve been reading a novel which takes place right before the 1906 earthquake. It’s really cool to see this.


27 posted on 03/21/2010 2:02:34 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: Vendome
Still the coolest thing to watch.

It was groovy!

28 posted on 03/21/2010 2:16:40 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Hildy

I did enjoy that. And I didn’t see any road rage even with all that confusion.


29 posted on 03/21/2010 2:18:19 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: Hildy

Most, but not all, of the cars seen have license plates. This implies some type of DMV, even at that early date. Horrors!


30 posted on 03/21/2010 2:45:55 PM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: Chesterbelloc

I don’t know San Francisco at all...however the email did say that there is a video of the same section of the City in 2005 on the website. Good luck!


31 posted on 03/21/2010 2:49:48 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Huskrrrr
No Gay Pride parade that day.

This was way before the City became a mecca for that kind of thing. In those days, my great-great grandfather had just finishing up a career as a paving contractor in SF. His son (my great grandpop) had passed away two years earlier (the same heart stuff that I have) and had a career in major-league baseball and later, his own shipping business. His son, my grandfather, was a young man of fourteen and probably living across the bay from there in San Rafael.

Some of the people in that clip may be direct relatives of mine. :-)

32 posted on 03/21/2010 5:01:04 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

Some of the people in that clip may be direct relatives of mine. :-)

Wow, great story.


33 posted on 03/21/2010 5:03:33 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

bump


34 posted on 03/21/2010 6:55:32 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy

Amazing bit of visual history. Everyone in the entire video (men & women) wore a hat. I would describe the traffic as fairly well organized chaos. Thank you for posting this Hildy.


35 posted on 03/21/2010 7:37:09 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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