March 23, 2010

A ride downtown... 1905, 1941

My son sent me the link to this film from 1905 and 1906. The unknown photographer filmed a cable car trip down San Francisco's Market Street twice. Once right before the 1906 quake and fire, and then again after it. The tower you see in the distance straight ahead is the Ferry Building, which still stands at the foot of Market Street, by the Bay.

I found it fascinating as a glimpse of how people looked, caught at a time before motion pictures were common. The absence of any traffic controls is surprising—people and cars and horses and streetcars are crossing every which-way. And of course the destruction after the fire is immense...

And this view in 1941 is also cool...

Posted by John Weidner at March 23, 2010 5:48 PM
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