107 year old home movie

I have just been sent a link to this archive film clip of San Francisco and felt compelled to share in a quick post – it is quite remarkable:

This is the text that accompanied the link (not attributed as I do not know where it came from):

“This film was “lost” for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever that has come to light. It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car as it`s traveling down the street. You feel as if your really there, standing at the front looking down the street, amazing piece of historic film.The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there

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 Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing, but true!

No wonder there had to be laws created to regulate driving habits. This is insane. Good thing they couldn’t go very fast.

This is a fascinating movie. A camera on the front of a street car 107 years ago. I watched it a couple of times. Look at the hats the ladies were wearing and the long dresses. Some of the cars had the steering wheels on the right side, I wonder when they standardized on the left? Sure was still a lot of horse drawn vehicles in use. Mass transit looked like the way to get around.. Looks like everybody had the right of way.

Perhaps the oldest “home movie” that you will ever see.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

This is Camusdarach beach just south of the Morar River estuary in northwest Scotland   The film Local Hero was shot here and in Aberdeenshire; the beach scenes are at Camusdarach and the village scenes at Pennan in Aberdeenshire, 185 miles away.  Watching the film again, this disregard for geography falls into the realms of the ‘blindingly obvious’;  there are geological explanations why the landscapes don’t match but the real giveaway is the weather.  The Camusdarach beach scenes are filmed in perfect Highland and Island reflected light whilst the village scenes on the ‘same day’, are filmed in that drab granite light peculiar to the north east.  Why the film makers didn’t use Arisaig village a few miles south of Camusdarach is a mystery.

The photograph focuses on the marram grass in the foreground with the soft white sands of Camusdarach beyond and beyond that, the unmistakable outlines of Eigg & Rhum; if this photograph has any merit then it is owed entirely to the profile of these islands beyond. (I suggest clicking on the image to enlarge – compression does it no favours).

Camusdarach BeachI include this picture to show the Mediterranean colours on the beach – at least when the sun is shining:

Camusdarach Beach