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(Gizmodo)   Market Street in San Francisco, filmed just days before the 1906 earthquake that destroyed the city. And now, with added sound   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 39
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2014-01-19 06:58:04 AM
Cars were right-hand drive
People dressed the same, as if everyone wore a uniform.
Not one bicycle with the big front wheel
 
2014-01-19 07:11:37 AM
Interesting.
 
2014-01-19 07:16:52 AM
I'm kinda surprised at the number of cars. I assumed they were much more rare at the time.
 
2014-01-19 07:19:44 AM
also, since the video is in black and white, it's real easy t miss the fact that the streets were colored red with the blood of pedestrians.
 
2014-01-19 07:21:21 AM

log_jammin: also, since the video is in black and white, it's real easy t miss the fact that the streets were colored red with the blood of pedestrians.


And horse crap
 
2014-01-19 08:08:14 AM
I thought traffic was bad now, those idiots simply did whatever the hell they wanted with little concern for their surroundings. I only watched the first 3 minutes, but if they made it through that whole video without someone getting hit, I would be surprised.

As for the sound, that canned horse clomping and background noise got really annoying after a minute and I muted it anyway.
 
2014-01-19 08:13:20 AM
My Grandfather was about 9 years old and living in SF at that time. I sure wish I had the opportunity to meet him and hear about the things he saw in his life.
 
2014-01-19 08:28:46 AM

log_jammin: also, since the video is in black and white, it's real easy t miss the fact that the streets were colored red with the blood of pedestrians.


ReapTheChaos: I thought traffic was bad now, those idiots simply did whatever the hell they wanted with little concern for their surroundings



We forget how slow traffic was back then. I'd be surprised if any of those vehicles got faster than 5 MPH. It's a lot easier to avoid hitting and avoid getting hit at those pedestrian speeds.
 
2014-01-19 08:47:22 AM
Ha! It sounds just like the cartoons.  Also, they drove like assholes.
 
2014-01-19 08:49:02 AM

Dancin_In_Anson: My Grandfather was about 9 years old and living in SF at that time. I sure wish I had the opportunity to meet him and hear about the things he saw in his life.


My Great-Granddad fought in WWI and II. I wish I could have met him.
 
2014-01-19 08:52:05 AM

rkiller1: Cars were right-hand drive
People dressed the same, as if everyone wore a uniform.
Not one bicycle with the big front wheel


Hemlines were down that year.
Hats were in.
Colors were considered taboo.
Not a single Giants cap.
 
2014-01-19 09:02:32 AM
Ok, this is why steampunk GTA would be awesome...
 
2014-01-19 09:05:33 AM

Richard C Stanford: My Great-Granddad fought in WWI


Yep. He survived the earthquake and moved to New York after graduating from Lick Wilmerding in SF...got drafted into the 77th Division and served in the trenches in France.


www.longwood.k12.ny.us

A short diary written by another soldier in his Company. It's all I have of his service. He died in 1943 from testicular cancer while my Father was serving in the Greenland Patrol with the USCG.
 
2014-01-19 09:23:30 AM
I was poking around other sites re: the earthquake and came upon this gem (link):

To stop the great fire, mansions lining the broad thoroughfare of Van Ness Avenue were dynamited by Army engineers to create a firebreak by robbing the flames of something to burn. By the time it was over the heart of San Francisco lay in ruins. In all, 508 city blocks had burned to the ground.

Imagine the knock on your door. "We have to dynamite your mansion to stop this fire."
 
2014-01-19 09:29:47 AM
Interesting how the trolley the camera was mounted on sounds like a horse trotting.

...otherwise, pretty cool. It would be even cooler if it was colorized.

/In other news, dashcams were popular in the early 20th century in te ?US, as they are in the early 21st century in Russia.
 
2014-01-19 10:06:53 AM
Gawd, everyone were assholes then. Pedestrians darting across streets, cars cutting everyone off and driving down the wrong side of the road. And horses just crapping all over the place, whenever they felt like it. Jerks! All of them!

Cool vid though.
 
2014-01-19 10:23:30 AM
Here's a link to where you can find the video and a lot more.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/edhtml/edhome.html
 
2014-01-19 11:20:05 AM

ReapTheChaos: I thought traffic was bad now, those idiots simply did whatever the hell they wanted with little concern for their surroundings.


Fast forward 30 years and it was a little better, but not much. People did stay on the right side though.

Downtown Portland 1939
 
2014-01-19 11:26:48 AM
This big touring car, tag 4867, must have been a real AW. He turns up several times on the reel.

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2014-01-19 12:54:22 PM
Great view of the aftermath

It prints out to a decent 6 ft poster if you have the wall space.
 
2014-01-19 01:03:03 PM

ReapTheChaos: I thought traffic was bad now, those idiots simply did whatever the hell they wanted with little concern for their surroundings. I only watched the first 3 minutes, but if they made it through that whole video without someone getting hit, I would be surprised.

As for the sound, that canned horse clomping and background noise got really annoying after a minute and I muted it anyway.


I see driving in California has not changed much.
 
2014-01-19 01:10:23 PM

FibSeq: Great view of the aftermath

It prints out to a decent 6 ft poster if you have the wall space.


It's going to look great in the nursery, opposite the Holocaust panorama. Still looking for a good size image of Jonestown to put up.
 
2014-01-19 01:20:37 PM
My paternal grandma would have been roughly 6-7 months old when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake occurred. And my paternal grandpa would have been around 4 years old.
 
2014-01-19 01:28:21 PM

FibSeq: Great view of the aftermath

It prints out to a decent 6 ft poster if you have the wall space.


The City that Waits to Die
 
2014-01-19 02:31:53 PM

ReapTheChaos: I thought traffic was bad now, those idiots simply did whatever the hell they wanted with little concern for their surroundings. I only watched the first 3 minutes, but if they made it through that whole video without someone getting hit, I would be surprised.


At about five minutes, a pedestrian just misses being hit by a left-turning car. If he had moved just a little bit slower, he wouldn't be alive today!
 
2014-01-19 03:14:15 PM
Look at all the people
 
2014-01-19 04:39:17 PM
It's the land before traffic laws and auto insurance.
 
2014-01-19 05:10:55 PM

log_jammin: I'm kinda surprised at the number of cars. I assumed they were much more rare at the time.


Check out the license plates. It's the same few cars appearing multiple times. The filmmaker arranged to have local car-owners help make the streets look busy and modern.
 
2014-01-19 05:54:55 PM

Gruen P. Autowind: log_jammin: I'm kinda surprised at the number of cars. I assumed they were much more rare at the time.

Check out the license plates. It's the same few cars appearing multiple times. The filmmaker arranged to have local car-owners help make the streets look busy and modern.


Well that explains the over abundance of u-turns.
 
2014-01-19 06:40:57 PM
The carriage preceding the cable car with the camera has its axle gauged exactly the same as the street railroad, giving him a nice, smooth ride.  That seems like it's probably engineered and not a coincidence.
 
2014-01-19 08:31:58 PM

i upped my meds-up yours: This big touring car, tag 4867, must have been a real AW. He turns up several times on the reel.

[farm8.staticflickr.com image 537x338]


If you trace that license plate number, you may find it was registered to either to a Hilton or Kardashian.
 
2014-01-19 09:39:47 PM

ReapTheChaos: I thought traffic was bad now, those idiots simply did whatever the hell they wanted with little concern for their surroundings. I only watched the first 3 minutes, but if they made it through that whole video without someone getting hit, I would be surprised.

As for the sound, that canned horse clomping and background noise got really annoying after a minute and I muted it anyway.


I noticed that as well.  The pedestrians crossing the street reminding me a lot of Saigon.  Just find a space and hope traffic slows down for you.
 
2014-01-19 09:42:41 PM
My great-grandfather was born in the 1800s.
 
2014-01-20 02:49:34 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: rkiller1: Cars were right-hand drive
People dressed the same, as if everyone wore a uniform.
Not one bicycle with the big front wheel

Hemlines were down that year.
Hats were in.
Colors were considered taboo.
Not a single Giants cap.


Not one mouth-breather in a Little Rascal eating a Dove bar.
 
2014-01-20 07:34:56 AM
I was remodeling my old house and found newspapers in the walls.  Some of the articles were reporting on the earthquake as it was happening.  Reading about it in the paper really brings it home.  They wrote differently then.  A local article about a girl hit by a train described her as "ground to pieces".
 
2014-01-20 01:39:24 PM

Cornelius Dribble: ReapTheChaos: I thought traffic was bad now, those idiots simply did whatever the hell they wanted with little concern for their surroundings. I only watched the first 3 minutes, but if they made it through that whole video without someone getting hit, I would be surprised.

At about five minutes, a pedestrian just misses being hit by a left-turning car. If he had moved just a little bit slower, he wouldn't be alive today!


If he's still alive today, he's probably a god and therefore doesn't need to worry about cars.
 
2014-01-20 01:40:34 PM

lohphat: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: rkiller1: Cars were right-hand drive
People dressed the same, as if everyone wore a uniform.
Not one bicycle with the big front wheel

Hemlines were down that year.
Hats were in.
Colors were considered taboo.
Not a single Giants cap.

Not one mouth-breather in a Little Rascal eating a Dove bar.



You wanna put what, where?! While eating what?!?!
glutenfreegidget.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-20 01:44:03 PM

Archimedes' Principal: i upped my meds-up yours: This big touring car, tag 4867, must have been a real AW. He turns up several times on the reel.

[farm8.staticflickr.com image 537x338]

If you trace that license plate number, you may find it was registered to either to a Hilton or Kardashian.


Phineas H. Hilton Sr. and his partner, Hubert Orville Kardashian, Esquire.
 
2014-01-20 02:26:49 PM

ZeroCorpse: Cornelius Dribble: ReapTheChaos: I thought traffic was bad now, those idiots simply did whatever the hell they wanted with little concern for their surroundings. I only watched the first 3 minutes, but if they made it through that whole video without someone getting hit, I would be surprised.

At about five minutes, a pedestrian just misses being hit by a left-turning car. If he had moved just a little bit slower, he wouldn't be alive today!

If he's still alive today, he's probably a god and therefore doesn't need to worry about cars.


Yeah, that was pretty much the joke.
 
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