Check this out … a film that shows how people really were at the beginning of the 1900s. Amazing how much has changed! Some notes (not written by me) about the film:
Supposedly, this was the first 35mm film ever taken, but was “lost” for many years.
It was taken by a camera mounted on the front of a cable car in San Francisco. The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.
This film, was originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot, taking clues from New York trade papers announcing the film showing, from the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, and from 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 April 18, 1906 earthquake that destroyed the city and shipped by train to NY for processing. Automobiles, even those manufactured in the US, were all “right hand” steering – until the early 1900’s. It was realized that “left hand” steering offered better judgment of the center line – and it was easier for passengers to exit from the automobile on the right hand side (sidewalk) than exiting on the street side into traffic. Notice most cars in this film were set up for right-side driving.
Take a ride on a cable car.