American Elephants


Time Travel by American Elephant
March 3, 2010, 2:43 am
Filed under: Architecture, History, Music, Pop Culture | Tags: , ,

Grab the kids and travel back over 100 years with this rare footage from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco in 1905, a year before the great earthquake and subsequent fire.

I love that there were apparently no traffic laws! Reminds me of our returning soldiers accounts of what traffic is like in Iraq. (Actually, bike messengers in SF still observe no traffic laws to this day.)

For comparison here is the same trip taken 100 years later in 2005:

This is exactly the same route I would take to work everyday when I lived in San Francisco, straight down Market to the Embarcadero, although I traveled it underground on MUNI.

The song in the first video is La Femme D’argent by Air, the second is Sa Trincha by Sergio. Pretty good for electronica.

(h/t AoS)

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Wow – what a neat experience! Thanks for sharing it. I loved watching the people saunter slowy in front of the street cars and the fact that coasting bicycles went faster than the streetcar. And everybody was dressed to the nines. No sloppy T-shirts and jeans. What a different world!
Diane

Comment by FreedomsWings

It is fun, isn’t it! Thanks for reading!

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