View Full Version : 104 y.o. film of SFO cable ride

04-19-10, 04:19 PM
I found this film clip to be almost spooky, it's like you're right there 104 years ago in SFO.

It was sent to me via email from a friend, so I just cut and pasted the history but I dont know how accurate the story behind the film is. Regardless, enjoy the clip. :usmc:
This takes about 7 1/2 min. but is very interesting.


You are "there" for a cable car ride in San Francisco "

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 number of automobiles is staggering for 1906.
Absolutely amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at
the Embarcadero wharf is still there.

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 Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906
and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing, but true!

04-19-10, 05:01 PM
Awesome,it appears that some footage repeated,but nice!

Rocky C
04-19-10, 06:05 PM

Thanks Ken!!!

04-19-10, 06:25 PM
Wow that is WILD! Thank you...

04-20-10, 10:46 AM
Wow that is WILD! Thank you...

It is, especially when you have these folks that seem to be looking and waving at you.

04-20-10, 11:31 AM
To bad YouTube is blocked at work