See San Francisco’s Market Street in 1906 four days before the earthquake [VIDEO]

Get a load of this old timey scene on San Francisco’s Market Street, shot on April 14, 1906, just four days before the earthquake and fire that destroyed about 80% of the city.

One thing that immediately stands out is that car drivers at the time were straight up assholes. Look all those jerks weaving around, stopping short and cutting off horse-drawn carts! I count at least three near accidents in this clip alone, not to mention several close calls with pedestrians, who were apparently expected to leap out of the way when a car approached, rather than the car braking for a second.

In fairness, the pedestrians weren’t much better. It seems in 1906 people hadn’t yet quite grasped the concept that stepping into the path of a two ton moving vehicle might end in injury.

The film was produced by the Miles brothers, using a hand-cranked Bell & Howell camera placed on the front of a Market Street streetcar. The filming starts at 8th, in front of the Miles Studios, and goes to the end of the line at the Ferry building.

By coincidence, the Miles brothers were en route to New York when the earthquake occurred. Their studios were destroyed, but they happened to have the negative of this film in their possession.


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