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Monday, March 29, 2010

"Then & Now, But Not Here!"

Don Counts sent me this and even though it is not of the tri-state area, it can give you a glimse of life back in 1900-1910...
1906 San Francisco Street Car film - AMAZING!

This is well worth viewing and filmed 4 days before the '06 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 & 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 quake and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing but true!

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Across the bottom are 14 more related videos that are quite interesting. as well. It is neat to view second the same trip down the same street 100 years later! San Fransico Market Street 2005.

- Submitted by Donald R. Counts

1 comment:

Don Counts said...

In the late 1960s I rode a street car down this same street. When we would get to the bottom of the hill everyone had to get off at a circle and push the streetcar around so it could go back up the hill.