Old video: San Franscico after the quake, 1906

San Francisco after quake of 1906. (etc-magazine.com)

San Francisco after quake of 1906. (etc-magazine.com)

Here is an old video from YouTube of San Francisco after the earthquake. It gives rise to the suspicion that maybe the video I posted yesterday was a later video, with more types of automobile and with time to have rebuilt much of Market Street. When I posted these on my old Journal blog a debate broke out among readers when the respective clips were shot. I cannot recall whether anyone issued a definitive pronuniciamento.

Update: Tom Hayes of TradArch notes that automobiles were selling well by 1906 and that ladies’ fashions, as seen jaywalking back and forth along Market, support the pre-earthquake time frame. Any dissenters?

Further update: A commenter, Dan Zack, writes that “60 Minutes” did a segment on the “mystery” of the pre-quake film of SF, originally thought to be shot in September 1905 but subsequently discovered to have been shot in early April the next year, just a week before the earthquake. The film itself was sent to New York by its maker the night before the quake, which destroyed his studio. I will discuss this in Thursday’s column, which I’ll write tomorrow morning. Next week: a column on a PBS documentary about Penn Station, which will air on Feb. 18. To see the “60 Minutes” segment, click on link in Dan’s comment below.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Old video: San Franscico after the quake, 1906

  1. Reblogged this on Architecture Here and There and commented:

    More material on the pre-quake film, originally thought to have been made in September 1905, shot just a week before the disaster. “60 Minutes” did a segment on the film in 2010.


  2. Dan Zack says:

    It was definitely made before the earthquake. Just 1 week before, in fact. 60 Minutes did a great story on exactly when the film was shot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xugoTHNv43s


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