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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Amazing Archival Footage



I find this video to be an amazing trip back through time. It was filmed on a trolley in 1905, traveling along Market Street in San Francisco. Seldom have I been able to view such an array of people, fashions, and vehicles in an everyday setting. It's particularly nostalgic when you realize that only a year later ~ in 1906 ~ this entire area was obliterated in the San Francisco earthquake and accompanying fires. (The musical accompaniment may not have been my personal choice, but it does seem to work in a strange way.)

3 comments:

Tag said...

What a nice trip down to the Embarcadero. The technology contrasts along the trip tell so much of a story.
Thank you.

Gregory LeFever said...

Thanks for your comment, Tag. I agree with your observation entirely.

Smarts said...

I enjoyed the dreamy slow-motion quality of the footage. The city was obviously a going concern at the turn of the century. The many modes of transportation and the playfulness of the walkers interacting with the trollies made for a fascinating 7 minute ride. Thanks for sharing!