Blast from the Past

A slice of life ca. 1905.

A (probably hand-cranked) movie camera is mounted on the front of a cable car in San Francisco and travels down Market Street, much as you would, if you lived 102 years ago in SF, in what is perhaps one of the first dolly-mounts.

Ah, when cars were free-wheelin’ and didn’t conform to one side of the road. No traffic lights, stop signs, cross walks, pavement.

Other cable cars are much in evidence, as well horse drawn wagons, newspaperboys, women in bustles, and me riding high in the back of period auto. Don’t let that thing bounce you out, man.

Near the end, watch the boy peering out from behind canvas out the back of a horse-drawn wagon.

Man, I could watch this over and over.


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