This film is like a time machine...where you can go back to 1906 - 4 days before San Francisco Earthquake...and take a ride on one of the cable cars. You will see those Californians always drove the way they seem to drive these days, too... lol
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!