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.

7 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.