LifestyleVideo April, 12th 2011 by

HISTORIC FILM 104 YEARS AGO. - Air La Femme D'Argent


This is a most fascinating piece of original film archive taken just a few days before the San Francisco earthquake struck. it is now presented with a very fine modern musical score. Dario Poli

“You are there” for a cable car ride in San Francisco.

This film was “lost” for many years.  It was the first 35mm film ever that has come to light. It was taken by a camera mounted on the front of a cable car as it`s travelling down the street.

The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906.

The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.

This film, 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, to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued)

It was filmed only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and shipped by train to New York for processing.  No wonder there had to be laws created to regulate driving habits.  This is insane. Good thing they couldn’t go very fast.

This is a fascinating movie. A camera on the front of a street car 104 years ago. Look at the hats the ladies were wearing and the long dresses. See the bullock team on the right near the start. Most of the cars had the steering wheel on the right side,  I wonder when they standardized on the left?

There was still a lot of horse drawn vehicles in use.  Looks like everybody had the right of way. (Text unknown from you tube)

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Dario Poli

Composer, artist, and a published author and illustrator. He is initiator of the campaign to present a better image Internationally, of Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Composer of the music "Marbella Marbella" used as the anthem of the campaign and also many other recorded compositions including Nostradamus, and Corazon, for The Children for Peace Onlus charity in Rome as well as the co-author of the powerful musical drama Lady X and The Power of Destiny. He is also the editor and a founder member of this website.

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