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Monday, July 23, 2007

A Century In Video - 1905 & 1906

This film shows a trip down Market Street in San Francisco in 1905 and 1906 after the big quake

The filmmaker visited the city in 1905 and took a trolley ride down Market & then reproduced the same trip a year later. The editor of this short spliced bits of both films together to give the viewer an idea of how devastating the earthquake was.

Here is a slightly longer version of the 1906 portion.

Although the quake caused considerable damage, the majority was caused by fires, complicated by a lack of water due to broken mains.

Here is a pic from the wikipedia link above showing the damage:

(click photo to embiggen and see a LOT more detail)

It was take from a kite flown @ 2000 feet. Click here for more info about the photo.

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