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04-29-2010 06:18 PM  8 years agoPost 1


Garnet Valley, Pa.

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1906 film camera mounted on the front of a cable car-fabulous
An astonishing blend of horses, wagons and cars - no street lights
but plenty of jay walkers. Amazing how dressed up most of the
pedestrians are. This is fascinating.

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.

The 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.

Watch at YouTube

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04-29-2010 06:46 PM  8 years agoPost 2



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Interesting look back in time. It was like slow controlled chaos and every single guy had a hat on of some sort and very dapper suits 2 thumbs up hootowl !!

04-29-2010 08:46 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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Big Coppitt Key, FL

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Who knew they had great sound systems on cable cars back then -- and in stereo, too!


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