Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Video of a Trip Down Market Street in 1906





Filmed by hand-cranked camera in 1906 on a moving train, before there were traffic laws. Notice people just trying their luck crossing the street. This film made me tear up. Probably because it reminds me of where I'm from and how my grandparents knew the city before so much blight and crime took over. Notice also no one seems to be cursing or yelling at anyone cutting them off.

Although life was difficult in 1906 for many reasons, this was the age America was viewed as the land of opportunity.

11 comments:

Dianne Plourde said...

So interesting watch and very good observations that you make. Such a different time, back then. Thank you for posting and sharing this!

The Quaint Housewife said...

Glad you enjoyed, Dianne!

Fishcake_random said...

I love the speed of it. Everyone is bustling about and going about their day. If only we could climb in and hear their stories x

The Quaint Housewife said...

Fishcake, it's funny that nothing really seems to be at a slower pace even though it was in "the old days". I'd love to hear their stories too:)

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

Mia

Emmarinda said...

This is fascinating. What city is this?

The Quaint Housewife said...

This is actually San Francisco about four days before the great earthquake of 1906, which devastated the city for quite some time.

becky said...

Haven't heard from you in awhile-Trust you are well!!
Always enjoy your posts!
Becky

Lynn Maust said...

Oh my...I think of my great grandmother and my grandmother and grandfather who all lived then...my grandparents would have been just 12 and 14 at the time. My grandfather lived in north Philadelphia...so this could have been a scene from the city too...
You are right that there were no irritated people who were cut off...just patiently waited ...it was a lovely sight to behold. It was a shock to read it was San Francisco just before the earthquake and fire. All those poor people...how many of whom lost their property and their lives? We will never know...

The Quaint Housewife said...

Lynn, how funny, I grew up at the edge of North Philadelphia. My parents still live there. It is going through a real estate boom now, with people buying houses for 200,000 when 10 years ago they were probably paying 25,000. Back when your grandparents were young I don't think there were any problems in North Philly. These days a lot of it is a pretty tough area, even where Temple U is (at night time anyway). Small world :)

The Quaint Housewife said...

Becky, you are so sweet. I hope you are well too :)