Author Topic: 104 YEAR OLD FILM CLIP  (Read 678 times)

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« on: November 01, 2010, 10:02:46 pm »


This is a fascinating movie. Great historical film!

This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever.

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.

A camera on the front of a street car 104 years ago. Amazing~~
 I watched it a couple of times. Look at the hats the ladies were wearing and the long dresses. Some of the cars had the steering wheels on the right side, I wonder when they standardized on the left? Sure was still a lot of horse drawn vehicles in use. Mass transit looked like the way to get around. Looks like everybody had the right of way. 

The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906.  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?
It is just like ..."You are there"... for a cable car ride in San Francisco " 

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 10:50:40 pm »
Interesting film, I can see why we have so many traffic laws now. The people was walking and driving every which way on this street.
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