San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake

Above: Seventeen minutes of recently uncovered silent film footage of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. It appears to be shot from a trolley. The footage starts off a little boring, but after about three minutes the POV is traveling down Market Street almost to the Ferry Building. Later you see the remains of buildings being demolished, a tent city where survivors resided, SF city hall, and more. By way of comparison, the second video this video is a very similar view of the trolley ride down Market, from 1905, before the earthquake. The second video is actually part of a full series of San Francisco historical footage that’ll keep playing if you let it. Some fascinating stuff there. [via kottke]

Edit: Had to remove the second inlined video since they have it set to autoplay, which is one of the most annoying things web developers are guilty of.

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