Wednesday, April 7, 2010

San Francisco, 1906

According to an e-mail I received, this nearly-nine-minutes-long film was made in San Francisco, California, just four days before the great 1906 earthquake and devastating fire that destroyed most of the city. Apparently someone attached a camera to the front of a cable car. The sound was added much later, obviously, but if the film is genuine it is truly an amazing “slice of life” from more than one hundred years ago.

Click here to see San Francisco in 1906 (8:49).

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Wow, what amazing footage.

A Lady's Life said...

gosh this was interesting Seems people cars and horses could go wherever they wanted on the streets.
:)

Putz said...

MY COMMENT, IS WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO GO ANY WHERE ON SAN FRANCISCO'S STREETS??????shop till you drop????

richies said...

Thanks for posting this interesting video

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rhymeswithplague said...

Thanks for watching, Elizabeth, A Lady's Life, Putz, and richies.

Oh, and welcome back to blogland, richies.

Katherine said...

What a wonderful find Robert. Thanks for sharing it! A treasure.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Wonderfully hypnotic. There seem to be no highway rules - either for vehicles or pedestrians. A beautiful chaos.