April 18, 2010

106 years ago --- A Look Back in Time

This is terrific !!!!!!!!!!!! Note the newspaper boys on the corner, or running in front of the trolly car just so they could be filmed....so great to see this. It`s a 7 minute or so film.

No traffic tickets given out here! Those were the days...

San Francisco - 106 years ago
 
No stop signs, no street lights, no one directing traffic.
 
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. Lots of great automobile and Trolley Cars too! Absolutely amazing! 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!)

Great historical film worth watching.



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 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 earthquake and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing but true!

Look how nice everyone was dressed in suit, tie and hat !!!