This video was taken in 1906 just a few days before the earth quake hit San Francisco. Many of the people who appear in the film have just days to live. The film was made simply by placing a camera on top of a trolley car and letting the city roll by.
In the video you can see private automobiles, trolley cars, buses, pedestrians, horses, buggies, carriages, bicycles, and on and on. What amazes me is how so many different modes of transportation on present yet everything seems to run pretty smoothly. It reminds me of some of the videos I have been watching of traffic in China and India. Organized chaos but it seems pretty effective. I don't know why, 100 years later, we suddenly have such a hard time integrating anything outside of the private automobile into our transit system.
Enjoy the video!
From the website:
"Take a trip back in time. This 11-minute reel of film, shot from a cable car on Market Street, captures a city full of life and promise-which was destroyed only days later in the great earthquake of 1906."
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