Western History & Genealogy Blog

Video Shot from S.F. Streetcar 1905

"San Francisco's main thoroughfare as seen from the front window of a moving Market Street cable car, before the downtown area was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. This unusual record has been called the first 'structural film' because it follows exactly the externally imposed structure of the car ride."

From the Internet Archive


If you could travel back to this time and place, how would you explain to these people that in 106 years, we will be able to view them at this moment, on our laptops, smartphones and tablets? While you're there, maybe you can inform them of the concept of traffic lights.