The Greatest Dolly Shot Ever
Thanks for passing this on, Pop:
A friend sent me this. It gets more interesting the longer you watch and think about its status as a document in the dawn of the automotive era. I like to think you will live to see the end of that era.
Here are some comments that accompanied the link. Don't know how accurate.
This is fascinating! A movie that is over 100 years old. Perhaps the
oldest "home movie" that you will ever see!
This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever. It
was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car and was shot only
four days before the Great San Francisco Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and
shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing, but true! It truly is
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!)..
A camera on the front of a street car 104 years ago. The scene is of the
street car going up Market Street towards the Clock Tower in the
Embarcadero, which is still standing today. It depicts an eclectic mix of
pedestrians, horses, street cars, cable cars and automobiles. I watched it
a couple of times. Look at the hats the ladies were wearing and the long
dresses. Almost all the men wore a coat and tie. Some of the cars had the
steering wheels on the right side, I wonder when they standardized on the
left? Sure were still a lot of horse drawn vehicles in use. With no motor
vehicle codes, it looked like everybody had the right of way. No wonder
there had to be laws created to regulate driving habits. Good thing they
couldn't go very fast.
The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! Wonder
how many "street cleaning" people were employed to pick up after the horses