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Old 05-10-2020, 04:28 PM
 
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO_1AdYRGW8

A look down market street in 1906

With all the cars I wonder if they knew it was being filmed??
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:38 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Yes, they knew. The filmmakers announced the event in advance and even solicited people to come down and make Market Street look busy. The purpose of the film was to promote San Francisco as a bustling metropolis.


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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.
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:55 PM
 
Location: A Place With REAL People
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Lot's of horse poop to go around. Fascinating.
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Old 05-12-2020, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Nice video find but I hate it when old footage is colorized. Do the younger generation think that no one will watch black and white footage?
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Old 05-12-2020, 03:56 PM
 
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Yes I hate it also..... I will not watch a movie that this was done to ill tell you that!

To me the original is the nicest experience!!
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Old 05-13-2020, 11:56 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Yes, they knew. The filmmakers announced the event in advance and even solicited people to come down and make Market Street look busy. The purpose of the film was to promote San Francisco as a bustling metropolis.


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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.
You can tell right away, that the traffic isn't natural, because some of the cars are moving in the tram/cable car lanes, where the transit tracks are. That seemed odd, until I read the above Wiki quote. Thanks for contributing, Bayarea4.
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Old 05-14-2020, 11:25 AM
 
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Very cool!
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Old 05-14-2020, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Pac Heights San Francisco
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As others mentioned and it is apparent when watching, the autos are mostly staged. Most of the other horse-drawn carts along there are probably practical, though. Random people staring at the camera is also another giveaway.

The cable car line down Market St. no longer exists, of course. The rails were eventually repaired and replaced after the 1906 earthquake, and streetcars, powered by overhead electric lines, replaced cable cars (which are driven by the underground cables shown in this film). Then, streetcar lines were once again replaced after the dig for BART and Muni Metro was complete.

These cable car lines are how the area (camera-right in this video) that we now generally refer to as SOMA (South of Market) got its original nickname: "South of The Slot"--because of the cable car slot down Market Street.
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Old 05-14-2020, 08:42 PM
 
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This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!
The person who uploaded this video has many more from the late 1890s / early 1900s!
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Old 05-15-2020, 01:26 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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Nice video find but I hate it when old footage is colorized. Do the younger generation think that no one will watch black and white footage?
Actually, the strange frame rate and lack of color in old footage makes people feel disconnected from the past, like people were living differently then. Any time someone colorizes footage - and especially when they fix the jittery frame rate - it really drives home how people today could fit right in then.
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