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San Francisco, 1906

With thanks to Teresa Burritt's Frog Blog, I share with you a haunting trip down Market Street in San Francisco, taken just days before the great earthquake.

Embedding doesn't seem to work properly for this film - see it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-20019755-10391709.html

How many people we see running, working, playing, walking... for how many were these the last days of their lives?


Did this man survive?

Traffic control was obviously non-existent. I'm surprised we didn't see 17 accidents on that short 11-minute clip.

This was filmed 3 years before my father was born. What an amazing glimpse back in time, and the music sets a most wistful tone.


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deckardcanine
Jan. 20th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
If the quake didn't kill him, his living beard may have deliberately strangled him.

It was pretty interesting to see five modes of transportation there, two of them no longer common.
r_caton
Jan. 20th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Interesting to see the horse drawn - and motor - traffic merrily using the tram tracks in preference to the cobbles! Cable cars, straight electric cars and even a horse tram.
Some of the bodies on the horse drawn vehicles make you wonder what the practical purpose of the design was...

Notice the turntable at the end of the line, a result of "handed" cars and the need for an "in" and "out" road with cable traction. The joy of an electric car is that it can be reversed on a stub....

So many people playing to the camera.
ccdesan
Jan. 21st, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly what I thought too. Even bicycles risked getting pinched in the cable slot rather than get their bones shaken...
marmoe
Jan. 20th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
So that was the educational video shown to you when you were taking driving lessons? ;-P
ccdesan
Jan. 21st, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Never had any...

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