Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Time Machine

Your email box is probably as cluttered as mine, so I promise to resist posting a bunch of "links" to YOUTUBE videos on this site no matter how clever or interesting they are.

But this one is an exception.

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. From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall, shadows indicating time of year, actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!)..It turns out that it was filmed only four days before the quake and shipped by train to NY for processing.

I don't know if that is completely true or not.....but even if you only watch a minute or two of this early (perhaps the first) 35mm film.... taken by a camera mounted on the front of a cable car....you may feel that you just took a ride in a  TIME MACHINE.


This is what it looked like four days later (April 18, 1906)