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On Film: San Fransisco days before the earhquake

PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:23 am
by kas
I got this link from a friend: a recently rediscovered and restored archive film showing San Fransisco in 1906, just before the earthquake. ... 91709.html

The camera was set on a railway coach. The quality is incredibly good, and the historic value is, obviously, immense.

There are also photos on that page to show the impact of the upheaval.

Re: On Film: San Fransisco days before the earhquake

PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:08 am
by judith
Thanks, Kas. My great grandmother's family lived in San Francisco. I often heard stories about the earthquake, some of them quite dramatic. One that really impressed me was that the night of the earthquake, her aunt (or cousin, I don't really remember) had been visiting relatives and had spent the night elsewhere. When she did return (I don't know how long afterwards), her bed was completely hidden beneath a pile of chimney bricks. The home was destroyed (fire too) and they rebuilt in Pacific Heights - a house that is still standing. Though there are some family photos from before 1906, they are mostly studio shots and it is interesting to me to see this footage.