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#158: Little cable cars climb halfway to the stars…

March 17, 2011

This is totally wild.  Never mind the nouveau Frenchie soundtrack, it was filmed in San Francisco in 1906 just four days before the Great California Earthquake.  Notice the ladies in their hats and long dresses; some of the cars have the steering wheel on the right side rather than the left; at :33 a well-dressed policeman is carrying a truncheon, could you imagine?  Men in waist coats and derby hats; boys in knickers on bicycles.  This is so cool.  California’s calling.

This is the first 35mm film ever, taken by a camera mounted on the front of a San Francisco cable car.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2011 6:30 am

    Lovely! There are some serious moustaches on those chaps, but I love the kid with the big white collar the best 🙂

  2. Emily permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:11 am

    Man, when the boys start running in front of the car at 4:44, I start getting teary-eyed. This is INCREDIBLE.

  3. Dan permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:11 am

    Loved the film and the soundtrack.

    I could be incorrect, but the music sounds suspiciously like Morcheba, a Brit band.

    Love your site. Keep posting!

  4. March 18, 2011 9:30 am

    seems they all knew the camera guy was going to mount himself on the front of the car…everybody is playing chicken with the streetcar (I will guess he asked some vehicles to cross in front to create some action) oddly there are few women in the streets…youve come a long way baby!

  5. March 19, 2011 9:09 am

    This is truly wonderful, thank you so much for posting!

  6. March 21, 2011 1:06 pm

    This is amazing! I love how the people dart in front of the car. It’s amazing how thing’s have changed yet stilll remain the same in many ways. 🙂

  7. mpr permalink
    April 4, 2011 9:18 pm

    What I think is amzing about this is that these people are just going about their lives completely unaware that in four days their city will be leveled and on fire. It makes me think of the fragility of life and how we are all really just dodging trolley cars, never really knowing when or if our world as we know it is going to be completely flipped

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