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2020-11-28 6:37:12 PM  
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2020-11-28 9:59:16 PM  
Now that's freedom.
 
2020-11-28 10:22:07 PM  
Throw in a couple of elephants and camels and that reminds me of driving thru India. And toss in a lot of honking horns for flavor.
 
2020-11-28 10:44:43 PM  
And after: kicks in around 0:50

Scenes of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Youtube mnbfDj1bL2w
 
2020-11-28 11:16:36 PM  

Willie_One_Eye: Now that's freedom.


Yeah, remember the good old days when there were no traffic rules, cross walks, decent emergency medicine!
 
2020-11-28 11:28:07 PM  
That was cool, thanks for sharing.
 
2020-11-29 12:49:04 AM  

Bob Falfa: That was cool, thanks for sharing.


DITTO. Too bad there isn't any footage of the actual earthquake out there.
 
2020-11-29 1:24:57 AM  
This note from the Wikipedia article about this video:

> The film records a total of thirty cable cars, four horsecars, and four streetcars. At first there also appear to be many automobiles; however, a careful tracking shows that almost all of the autos circle the camera many times-one of them ten times. This traffic was apparently staged by the producer to give Market Street the appearance of a prosperous modern boulevard with many automobiles. In fact, in 1905 the automobile was still something of a novelty in San Francisco, with horse-drawn buggies, carts, vans, and wagons being the common private and business vehicles. The near total lack of traffic control along Market Street emphasizes the newness of the automobile.
 
2020-11-29 2:05:39 AM  
The camera is fixed on the slot in the street where the cable is running. Car brakes drive a wedge into the slot. The Slot was the name of a bar south of Market.
 
2020-11-29 5:19:40 AM  
I thought for sure he was going to nail a few of those many, many idiots.
 
2020-11-29 5:23:04 AM  
Looks just like Market Street when I worked in San Francisco in the 1980's. Maybe fewer stoners...
 
2020-11-29 8:30:03 AM  
What stood out to me the most, after the complete lack of traffic control, is how thin everyone is.

Obviously, given how much walking everyone is doing, people got more exercise in those days, not to mention less food, less fast food, less junk food.

Also, weird to see *that many people* in the street. What are they all doing? Why aren't they in their workplaces? Why are they all just THRONGING the street?
 
2020-11-29 9:01:49 AM  

Enigmamf: This note from the Wikipedia article about this video:

> The film records a total of thirty cable cars, four horsecars, and four streetcars. At first there also appear to be many automobiles; however, a careful tracking shows that almost all of the autos circle the camera many times-one of them ten times. This traffic was apparently staged by the producer to give Market Street the appearance of a prosperous modern boulevard with many automobiles. In fact, in 1905 the automobile was still something of a novelty in San Francisco, with horse-drawn buggies, carts, vans, and wagons being the common private and business vehicles. The near total lack of traffic control along Market Street emphasizes the newness of the automobile.


I'm going to bet most automobiles couldn't climb the hills in 1905, and/or most brakes couldn't make the descent down the other side survivable.
 
2020-11-29 9:56:55 AM  
And by the way, the brothers who shot this put the film on a train for New York the day before the quake. Their studio was destroyed.
 
2020-11-29 10:32:52 AM  
The smithsonian channel colorized this stuff for their America in color Disasters episode.  They also had some awesome footage from inside the Hindenburg
 
2020-11-29 11:09:33 AM  

PaulRB: Willie_One_Eye: Now that's freedom.

Yeah, remember the good old days when there were no traffic rules, cross walks, decent emergency medicine!


We do a lot of genealogy and I was researching a great grandfather's 1905 death. There's a facsimile of the state's record of deaths. In pen: name, address, attending physician, cause of death, mortuary.  All just one after another by date., So, I was able to see at a glance the common causes of death. #1 pulmonary diseases. #2 childhood diseases. etc. Around #6 was getting hit by a damn streetcar.
 
2020-11-29 12:59:04 PM  

silvervial: What stood out to me the most, after the complete lack of traffic control, is how thin everyone is.

Obviously, given how much walking everyone is doing, people got more exercise in those days, not to mention less food, less fast food, less junk food.

Also, weird to see *that many people* in the street. What are they all doing? Why aren't they in their workplaces? Why are they all just THRONGING the street?


i recall seeing pictures of scenes in Europe, someone's vacation pics, and thinking the same thing: "OMG! they're so thin and healthy!". most people were in much better shape than what i'm used to seeing. moving to Ohio inspired me and Mrs to lose lots of weight. there is way too many people here the size of livestock. they are unable to walk properly because of what they've done to their bodies.
 
2020-11-29 2:11:16 PM  

Enigmamf: This note from the Wikipedia article about this video:

> The film records a total of thirty cable cars, four horsecars, and four streetcars. At first there also appear to be many automobiles; however, a careful tracking shows that almost all of the autos circle the camera many times-one of them ten times. This traffic was apparently staged by the producer to give Market Street the appearance of a prosperous modern boulevard with many automobiles. In fact, in 1905 the automobile was still something of a novelty in San Francisco, with horse-drawn buggies, carts, vans, and wagons being the common private and business vehicles. The near total lack of traffic control along Market Street emphasizes the newness of the automobile.


So, where is the green VW?
 
2020-11-29 3:01:33 PM  
I'm jealous of how mind-blowingly bad-ass and hi-tech that must have been to the people of the time.

Although I'm sure at least half of them would've traded it all in a heartbeat for a Magic Box o' Porn.  Whereas we get to have both.
 
2020-11-29 3:16:19 PM  

fat boy: Enigmamf: This note from the Wikipedia article about this video:

> The film records a total of thirty cable cars, four horsecars, and four streetcars. At first there also appear to be many automobiles; however, a careful tracking shows that almost all of the autos circle the camera many times-one of them ten times. This traffic was apparently staged by the producer to give Market Street the appearance of a prosperous modern boulevard with many automobiles. In fact, in 1905 the automobile was still something of a novelty in San Francisco, with horse-drawn buggies, carts, vans, and wagons being the common private and business vehicles. The near total lack of traffic control along Market Street emphasizes the newness of the automobile.

So, where is the green VW?


Is that something like the gorilla in the basketball passing video?
 
2020-11-29 3:40:34 PM  

Enigmamf: fat boy: Enigmamf: This note from the Wikipedia article about this video:

> The film records a total of thirty cable cars, four horsecars, and four streetcars. At first there also appear to be many automobiles; however, a careful tracking shows that almost all of the autos circle the camera many times-one of them ten times. This traffic was apparently staged by the producer to give Market Street the appearance of a prosperous modern boulevard with many automobiles. In fact, in 1905 the automobile was still something of a novelty in San Francisco, with horse-drawn buggies, carts, vans, and wagons being the common private and business vehicles. The near total lack of traffic control along Market Street emphasizes the newness of the automobile.

So, where is the green VW?

Is that something like the gorilla in the basketball passing video?


Think Bullitt
 
2020-11-29 3:42:40 PM  

fat boy: Enigmamf: fat boy: Enigmamf: This note from the Wikipedia article about this video:

> The film records a total of thirty cable cars, four horsecars, and four streetcars. At first there also appear to be many automobiles; however, a careful tracking shows that almost all of the autos circle the camera many times-one of them ten times. This traffic was apparently staged by the producer to give Market Street the appearance of a prosperous modern boulevard with many automobiles. In fact, in 1905 the automobile was still something of a novelty in San Francisco, with horse-drawn buggies, carts, vans, and wagons being the common private and business vehicles. The near total lack of traffic control along Market Street emphasizes the newness of the automobile.

So, where is the green VW?

Is that something like the gorilla in the basketball passing video?

Think Bullitt


Magic Green Volkswagen beats Steve McQueen in Classic Bullitt Car Chase
Youtube UZj2nJkZ81k
 
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