Monday, April 26, 2010

Life before they had safe and separate pathways


"you are there" for a cable car ride in San Francisco"

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!

Great  historical film!  Watch the scampering
as Joe Public race away from autos, horses, cable cars and bicycles.

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 Great California Earthquake of
April 18th 1906  and shipped by train to NY for processing.

 Amazing, but true!***