Feeling of a Time Machine: Watch 7-Minute Film of San Francisco in 1906, Four Days Before Earthquake

This film, taken while on a trolly, was 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 the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall, shadows indicating time of year and actual weather conditions of historical record, even when the cars were registered, even knowing who owned them and when the plates were issued!  It was filmed only four days before the quake and shipped by train to NY for processing.

Now we know why we have painted lines, traffic lights, etc. Notice the long strides of the people walking; pedestrians and traffic go all directions. The streetcar we are on never stops for passengers. We can see why the streets were wide, the cars and wagons are driven from the right hand side!  Also notice how few women were in this footage.


About Robin Barr

I was born in New Jersey, and when I was 3, my parents moved to Southern CA where I've lived since in Covina, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Laguna Niguel and now Mission Viejo. I love dogs and cats and compassionate about all living creatures. What do I do for a living? I invent problem solvers. Have you seen Cold Sores Begone™ or Canker Sores Begone™ in health food stores or online? Mine. I like using stuff that won’t kill me later so both remedies are non-toxic, safe enough for small children, and topical (I don't swallow pills easily). If you want to prevent a cold sore from materializing when you feel the early tingle symptom, apply a few drops of Cold Sores Begone™. Done. If you're plagued with those painful ulcerations inside the mouth (canker sores), apply a few drops of Canker Sores Begone™a few times a day, and it should disappear in 2-3 days. I was elated when PREVENTION and NATURAL HEALTH magazines told the world my two products work as promised. Afterall, I'm just an accidental entrepreneur. Read the circumstances of how I came to be a small business owner here, scrolling down to the paragraph header that starts with "If you're curious...". Everything above it is a repeat of this bio.
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