This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35 mm
film ever. It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car in San
Francisco. The amount of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely
amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf
is still there. (I'm also wondering ... how many "street cleaning" people were
employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green!)
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!).. It was filmed only four days before
the quake and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing but true!
Automobiles, even those manufactured here in the US of A were all "right hand"
steering - until the early 1900's.
It was realized that "left hand"steering offered better "judgment" of the
center line - and easier for
passengers to exit from the automobile on the right hand side (sidewalk) than
exiting on the street side into traffic.
Take a ride on a cable car and go back to 1906.