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1906: Good Year for Traffic and Bowler Hats

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Hey Kid: Get Off The Tracks

Let me distract you. Take a trip full-screen with this old (107 years+) footage from a cart-ride through San Francisco streets. Turn up the tunes for a nice 7 minute break from the incessant demands from the corner office.

It’s a chaos of traffic going every which way: horses, cars and kids popping from left to right and back again. You’d swear the swells and sharps in bowlers and snappy suits would be killed every day in this mess. But the whole thing moves at a slower, predictable pace.

I love the mix of technologies: all getting along, more or less.


Image credit: via northumbrian : light

Written by kirkistan

November 15, 2013 at 8:44 am

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  1. Very cool. Ghosts…


    November 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    • It’s mesmerizing, isn’t it?


      November 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

  2. Maybe you should have said let my hypnotize you. The pacing seems a little odd because I’m from a different time, I guess you get use to the pace of your own environment?

    Photography Journal Blog

    November 18, 2013 at 7:06 am

    • The pacing must be the strangest thing about that clip. A few of us watched it again on Saturday and kept commenting on how the slow predictable movement of the camera through the street seems to be the reason people aren’t mowed down. Our movie industry has trained us to watch for the impending doom–but it doesn’t show up in this clip. Thanks for stopping by.


      November 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

      • Also, we listen for it right? I mean you can tell by the music sometimes that some unfortunate person is about to meet a messy end 🙂

        Photography Journal Blog

        November 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

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