I found this but I cant name the cars , traffic is deadly ,
I think we have seen it before, I believe that it was identified as San Francisco just before the Great Fire. The traffic looks bad, but the speeds are quite low, people can walk as fast as most of the trams and even most of the cars.
Here is the full length version in a little better quality:
There's another version of that film with sound effects instead of music. This music is correct for the period, but the sound effects really bring the scene to life. If I remember correctly, this was shot four days before the quake. You can tell it's in the afternoon, because near the end, when you get to the Ferry Building, you see a man's beard blowing in the afternoon breeze.
Any ID on some of the cars ??
That's some serious jaywalking .
Rick...I think this was shot a few days before the San Francisco Earthquake.
It was taken late afternoon.
The shadows are pointing east, the sun is from the southwest, slightly past Twin Peaks.
My paternal grandfather emigrated to the U.S. in 1913. After clearing Ellis Island, he came across the country by train and joined his two older brothers in San Francisco. The Ferry building was frequently mentioned when he'd speak of that period of his life. It's neat to see a period film like this one. Even though it was taken a few years prior to his arrival, it certainly conveys the flavor of a much different time.
Thanks to Rick and Jim for posting the links!
Thoughts. Surprisingly, you don't see much horse shit. The cars weren't driven at speeds much faster than a brisk walk. I notice how the guage of the trolley tracks are the same as the buggy in front of the camera.
Always a nostalgic, sobering experience watching this.
The First car to pass in front of the Camera at 0:32 looks like a 1906 White Model F...
It shows up again at 1:21.
Saw quite a few steam-powered cars. There seemed to be boys hanging off of almost every car/wagon! What a cool film!
Just for fun, open up 2 You-tube windows side-by-side.
Start this video at 4min45sec:
Start this video at 5min35sec:
both cameras are on the exact same cablecar at the same spot on the same street. One before the earthquake and one after.
The link below shows many states speed and traffic laws for 1906. While horsepower was increasing, speed limits were quite slow by our standards. I see quite a few fines for speeding in my old paper searches, and the fines were significant:
36 states speed and traffic laws, 1906:
Very interesting Ryan and Rob. Great finds!
Watching Dave's Model F running around his property at low speed someone brought me back in time. Everything just fit right seeing that.
Richard, your welcome. You didn't want to speed in Missouri. 9 miles per hour speed limit, and $10 to $100 fine, with 30 days to six months jail time possible. According to this inflation calculator, $10 in 1906 would be worth $263 today.
What a great film ! It's sobering to realize that every person shown in the movie has passed on. It does seem to be that they were much better dressed back then.
Randy Glowacki, Parsippany, NJ
I bought the whole DVD from Market Street Railway. www.streetcar.org. When I started to see exerts on TV, I just wanted it. It is real cool. The car seen in the flick is the same car in most of the clip. A camera was affixed to the front of a cable car.