A Trip Down Market Street, 1906 – With Sound!
Jan 6, 2014
Historic pre-earthquake San Francisco, 1906, with full sound design.
This film was shot on April 14, 1906, just four days before the San Francisco earthquake and fire, to which the negative was nearly lost. It was produced by moving picture photographers the Miles brothers: Harry, Herbert, Earle and Joe. Harry J. Miles hand-cranked the Bell & Howell camera which was placed on the front of a cablecar during filming on Market Street from 8th, in front of the Miles Studios, to the Ferry building. A few days later the Miles brothers were en route to New York when they heard news of the earthquake. They sent the negative to NY, and returned to San Francisco to discover that their studios were destroyed.
The origin of the film was an enigma for many decades, and it was long thought to have been shot in September of 1905, after being dated as such by the Library of Congress based on the state of construction of several buildings. However, in 2009 and 2010, film historian David Kiehn, co-founder of Niles Film Museum in Niles, California, dated the film to the spring of 1906 from automobile registrations and weather records. Kiehn eventually found promotional materials from the film’s original release and dated the film to April 14th, 1906, and finally gave credit to the filmmakers, the Miles Brothers.
Sound mix: Silent
Aspect Ratio; 1.33 : 1
Negative Format: 35 mm
Printed Format: 35 mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Camera: Hand-cranked Bell & Howell
HDTV 1080I (1920 x 1080)
Pixel Aspect: Square
Editing Timebase 29.97
Compressor : H.264
28 tracks, stereo. (without panning)
This version was transferred from a new 35mm print made from a restored 35mm negative, taken from the 1906-era 35mm print owned by the Prelinger Archives. This version does not appear to have any digital restoration, except minimal contrast and brightness adjustments.
This version of the film has been digitally stabilized to remove jitter by youtube user Rick88888888 in 2011.
Sounddogs, Youtube, Horseless.com, Wikipedia, Archive.org, Streetcar.org, earlyamericalautomobiles.com, Prelinger Archives, Niles Film Museum.
“Crazy Rhythm” played by Brad Kaye.
Automobile sounds are all either Ford Model T, or Model A, which came out later, but which have similarly designed engines, and sound quite close to the various cars shown in the film. The horns are slightly inaccurate as mostly bulb horns were used at the time, but were substituted by the far more recognizable electric “oogaa” horns, which came out a couple years later. The streetcar sounds are actual San Francisco streetcars. Doppler effect was used to align the sounds.
The Miles Brothers
Harry J Miles
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This is really fascinating!
I got wind of it via this thread on my internet “home:”
Incredible Film of Market Street, San Francisco 4 days before 1906 Earthquake
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posted on Jan, 17 2014 @ 06:55 PM
Spotted this on another forum and thought it was worth sharing with my ATS friends. Sound is a studio job, but it works really well. Really gave me the chills once in a while thinking about how normal that day was and what was to come. Enjoy!
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posted on Jan, 17 2014 @ 07:44 PM
All those people are pretty much dead now. More evidence of the fleeting nature of existence.
Hey, that guy cut me off!
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posted on Jan, 17 2014 @ 08:10 PM
Ha, ha, ha!
I thought traffic is bad now!
At least we have crosswalks & traffic lights!
Thanks! That was really neat!
An awesome glimpse into the past.
Almost gave me a headache though, holding my breath…
waiting to see who or what, was going to get hit first!!!
Gotta love the guy with the bag, that crosses the street,
& jumps into the back of a random wagon!
And the lady in the dark dress that crosses the street from left to right.
She never looked left or right that I could see!
You go girl!!! Ha, ha! Wouldn’t want to mess with her!!!
People must have had much steadier nerves,
& a lot less anger issues back then!!!
LOL. Very cool.