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|Quiz #325 Results
1. Afternoon of April 17, 1906, the day before the San Francisco Earthquake
(Actually analysis of shadows shows it was taken
24-26 March 1906, at 3:16:56 pm +/- 3 mins 20 sec)
2. The Ferry Building, visible in the far distance down Market St.
The Call Building was also spared, but it is not visible in the film.
3. A cable car.
1. What is the latest date this photograph could have been taken? Why?
2. What is the only original building still left?
3. What was the camera attached to?
|Answer to Quiz #325
October 9, 2011
|Congratulations to Our Winners!
Nicole Blank Don Draper
Robert W Steinmann Jr. Arthur Hartwell
Margaret Paxton Dennis Brann
Elaine C. Hebert Sally Garrison
Donna Jolley John Marquette
Margaret Waterman Cathy Warburton
JoLynn Pfeiffer Kelly Fetherlin
Gary Sterne Ellie Hakala
Barbara Mroz Carol Farrant
Margie O'Donnell Shirley Hamblin
Milene Rawlinson Wayne Douglas
*Bob Steinmann is a policeman in NYC;
Arthur Hartwell is a retired civil engineer.
|Comments from Our Readers
A Puzzle within a Puzzle
Can you guess the profession of these Quizmasters
by their answer to this week's quiz?*
|This is a good one because as soon as I saw the picture, I knew what
it was. I saw a segment on '60 Minutes' or 'CBS Sunday Morning'? a
few years ago and remembered doing a little web research on it. It
directed me to the full approx. 13 minute version on the National
Archives/LOC website. It's amazing to see pedestrians, pedestrians
with pets, bicyclists, horses, horse-drawn carriages, trolleys, and
early automobiles all competing for the same road-space with no
rhyme or reason to the whole thing. It's amazing to see how society's
safety standards have changed in 100 years!!! I love the kids hitching
rides on the back of cars and carriages, etc. What a loud, chaotic,
cacophony of transportation that must have been!!! I can't imagine
what it must have been like to be a traffic cop cop back then . . .
Where would you even begin to start??? (I only see 2 in the whole
film and one looks like he's picking his nose (the one towards the end
of the film inside the Terminal Building!).
There are so many almost fatal 'close calls' in this film, you stop
counting almost right away! What's also amazing,if you think about
it--How many people in the film survived the earthquake & fire?
Although most of the fatalities were due to the fire(s) as a result of
gas mains breaking [new-fangled technology] and finding a source of
ignition, and improper or inappropriate use of explosives & military
ordnance by fire officials. The frequently quoted value of 700 deaths
caused by the earthquake & fire is now believed to underestimate the
total loss of life by a factor of 3 or 4 (Probably~3000). Most of the
fatalities occurred in San Francisco, but, 189 were reported
elsewhere. In the film you can look right into some of these
individual's eyes, Nothing like putting a real face to history!!! Good
One!!!! Robert W. Steinmann Jr.
I spent some time looking for clues as to what city we are looking at.
The question "what buildings are standing today" hinted at the
California 1906 earthquake. the wide flat street had to be Market
Street in San Francisco. I googled "market street before 1906" and
was sent to the 11 minute film, taken before the earth quake, shown
by 60 Minutes Replay. I then searched for market street buildings that
survived the 1906 quake. The Aftermath webpage showed the Ferry
Building surviving. One of the 39 comments about the film also
mentioned the Ferry Building, at the end of the street, survived. The
film was really interesting and showed almost all of the existing
modes of transportation: Shankes Mare(feet), horse drawn carriages,
a horse drawn tram, street cars powered by a third rail between the
wheel tracks. street cars powered by overhead wires, autos. Horse
drawn carriages went down the trolley tracks and the third rail didn't
seem to bother the horse at all. That film was extremely interesting
and a great find. To bad they didn't do the camera trick every 10
years. Arthur Hartwell
*Answers below list of winners.
|Videos Before and After the Great San Francisco Earthquake
April 18, 1906
|Richard L. Greene's Analysis of the Time and Date
based on the Shadows on the Facade of the Ferry Building
Dating the Filming of “A Trip Down Market Street”
Richard L. Greene
Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing
Vol. 77, No, 8, August 2011, pp. 839–848.
|From the San Francisco Call / Thursday, March 29, 1906. Page 7.
AFTER PHOTOGRAPHS OF MARKET STREET
Miles Brothers Would Show Moving Pictures in the East.
Miles Brothers yesterday asked permission of the United Railroads for the use of a
street car one day this week in order to obtain moving pictures of Market street. It is
the purpose of the picture men to exhibit these pictures throughout the eastern cities of
the United States and also throughout Europe. General Manager Chapman of the United
Railroads took the matter under advisement with a promise to give his answer soon.
Miles Brothers declare that the pictures they -desire to take will greatly benefit San
Francisco in particular and California as a whole. They wish to take pictures of other
cities on the coast as well and to show them. They have tried to take them from the
front end of an automobile but the vibratory motion is so severe that the films are
blurred and so print indistinctly.
Miles Brothers say that San Francisco has been painted by writers as a beautiful city,
but that few pictures of its beauties have circulated over the world. They say that the
few pictures now on exhibition are mostly of Chinatown and of the Italian quarter.
Market street is, they say, one of the greatest streets in the world, and they propose to
have the world learn of its magnificence.
|A Trip Down Market Street - a 1907 Newspaper Article
Collected by Joe Thompson
This article, from The San Francisco Call, Saturday, April 20, 1907, just a year after
the Earthquake and Fire, tells about what may have been the world premiere of the
movie now know as "A Trip Down Market Street". The film was shot from the front of
a United Railroads cable car as it ran down Market Street towards the Ferry Building. It
makes one appreciate current traffic laws. What remains of the film is available for
download from the Library of Congress' American Memory Project
From the San Francisco Call / Saturday, April 20, 1907. Page 9.
MARKET STREET VIEWS STIR ORPHEUM PATRONS
Record-Breaking Applause and Tears Are Caused by Kinetoscope
A view of Market street before the fire, from the front of a cable car traveling from
Castro street to the ferries, was shown by the moving picture machine at the Orpheum
theater Thursday night and won the greatest applause that the Orpheum has known
since its reopening, the enthusiasm being mingled with tears of many in the audience
who knew and loved the busy thoroughfare depicted on the screen before them.
The picture was presented during the intermission in the middle of the performance,
and was intended merely as a special feature in recognition of the anniversary of the
fire. But while hearty cheers greeted the familiar scenes as they followed one after the
other, the pathos of the ravages of the great fire touched many hearts and there were
tears in the eyes of scores of onlookers.
Every well known building and corner shown in the moving picture won applause, but
the Palace hotel, the Sutter street horsecar seen crossing the city's main artery at the
Sutter junction and the final view up Market street were greeted with outbursts of hand
clapping which broke the Orpheum record for plaudits.
The film for the picture was taken just prior to the fire and had never been shown
before. It was intended to use it only once, Thursday night, but the demands made
yesterday for a repetition caused the managers of the theater to decide to continue the
picture at every performance this week and next.
|Three surviving structures in the
Financial District can be seen in this
dramatic photo. At far left is the Kohl
Building on Montgomery Street, the
Merchants' Exchange Building on
California and, in the center of the
picture, the Mills Building on
|This photograph by Arnold Genthe
shows Sacramento Street and
approaching fire. (from Steinbrugge
Collection of the UC Berkeley
Earthquake Engineering Research
|This photograph, taken by George
Lawrence from a series of kites five
weeks after the great earthquake of
April 18, 1906, shows the devastation
brought on the city of San Francisco by
the quake and subsequent fire. The
view is looking over Nob Hill toward
business district, South of the Slot, and
the distant Mission. The Fairmont
Hotel, far left. dwarfs the Call Building.
(photo courtesy of Harry Myers).
|San Francisco City Hall after the 1906
Earthquake. (from Steinbrugge Collection of the
UC Berkeley Earthquake Engineering Research
|All Kinds of Cool Information about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Berkeley Seismology Laboratory
|More Earquake and Fire Newspaper Clippings
|The Call Building on Market
Street burning on April 18, 1906.
Read more about the Call
|This is a weather chart from Alexander
McAdie SFO meterologist of the day for
month of April, 1906. Mike Dalton