Going back in time!
This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever. It
was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car
The amount of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The
clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still
there. (I'm also wondering ... how many "street cleaning" people were
employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green!) Great
historical film worth watching.
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 quake and shipped by
train to NY for processing. Amazing but true!