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.