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.
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