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San Francisco 1906 (New Version) in Color Video

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u/gerd50501 Jun 27 '22

i never cease to amaze how dressed up people were in the late 1800s and early 1900s as they walk the street. those formal dresses just to walk. wearing suits.

also it makes me wonder what their stories are. these people are all dead and its likely no one even knows their names. I wonder what their lives were like?

in 100 years i wonder if more people will remember more of our lives due to all the high def video. or will the video just not last?

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u/Jimz2018 Jun 27 '22

Dress had huge importance to your status. It was the defining characteristic of receiving respect. People could determine your wealth simply by your clothes. People attempted to dress ‘up’ as much as possible. Very different today.

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u/medicinaltequilla Jun 27 '22

yeah, the super rich buy already torn jeans that it took me 10 years to wear down naturally. my wife told me that my old jeans are back in style, don't throw them out!

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u/prenetic Jun 27 '22

I tend to think we'll fade deeper into obscurity because of how much more we're recording.

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u/Zenfold7 Jun 28 '22

Not to mention that everyone will be watching holograms or something. Who would want to sit and watch pancake (2D) media on a screen?

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u/Patseiam Jun 27 '22

Since the pandemic I refuse to wear jeans. That’s how my life changed. Those guys put on a suit and hat to get buy some milk. I do have to say they look awesome even hundred years later. We should go back to wearing hats with a feather. I want those fancy feather hats back.

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u/mellyjo77 Jun 27 '22

Can I wear a fancy hat/feather with my yoga pants and hoodie?

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u/Atomic_Cupcake89 Jun 28 '22

I mean, you can.

But ‘can’ and ‘should’ are two very different beasts 🙃

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u/gerd50501 Jun 27 '22

i mainly wear sweat pants and shorts as i get older. so ive taken it the other way.

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u/babypointblank Jun 27 '22

Clothing used to be a lot more expensive and was used to denote status. You had fewer pieces that didn’t directly touch your skin and fabric tended to be quite heavy.

Chanel’s use of jersey (which was seen as a textile for undergarments) for outerwear started the trend towards lighter, casual garments. I don’t want to only cite Nazi collaborators but Edward VIII further brought casual wear in vogue by wearing “country tweed” while touring as Prince of Wales—its not that much difference from people wearing Carhartt as street wear instead of work or hunting wear.

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u/savvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvva Jun 27 '22

I guess the biggest challenge isn’t not to get hit by a car but not to step in horse shit

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u/palmerry Jun 27 '22

Nowadays it's human shit you need to watch out for

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u/Based_JD Jun 27 '22

Especially in San Fran

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u/totallythat_bromigo Jun 27 '22

Fucking disgusting

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u/babypointblank Jun 27 '22

Homelessness in the wealthiest country in the world is disgusting especially when SF has 40,000 empty housing units

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u/totallythat_bromigo Jun 27 '22

There's a really good book about all the problems of SF called San Fran-sicko. Its truly amazing.

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u/babypointblank Jun 27 '22

You’re barking up the wrong tree. The destructive tech-driven gentrification and displacement happening in the Bay Area is contributing to the local homelessness problem in addition to some well-meaning but exclusionary zoning laws.

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u/KingSwagger1337 Jun 27 '22

b-b-but i thought biden would fix all social issues

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u/WateringMyGrandma Jun 27 '22

No politician is on your side. They're not your friends. Biden, Trump.. don't matter.

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u/totallythat_bromigo Jun 27 '22

H-H-He lieeddd😭😭

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u/knowledgedropperr Jun 27 '22

Rules/quotas/price tags for thee and not for me. One of the most corrupt cities outside of D.C. - but also home to "progressives"

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u/CatDadSnowBunny Expert Jun 27 '22

They're (D)ifferent

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u/knowledgedropperr Jun 27 '22

(D)ef (d)ifferent

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u/LucasHowardc5h Jun 27 '22

So not much has changed

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u/pinkguyfriedrice Jun 27 '22

That guy catching a free ride

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u/KrillBill07 Jun 27 '22

"Watch out for bridges and hop ons"

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u/bsherlockb Jun 27 '22

"you're gonna get some hop ons"

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u/gs12 Jun 27 '22

C’mon!!!

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u/AsimovEllison Jun 27 '22

You're out of the movie!

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u/Darth-Pirnie Jun 27 '22

So what I’m seeing is that they have e been driving bad since at least 1906 😂😂

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u/Big_Ninja_3092 Jun 27 '22

I was going to say the same thing. People have been asshat drivers since the beginning. 🤣

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u/Darth-Pirnie Jun 27 '22

Yup that sums it up lol

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u/PeachesHappyLizard Jun 27 '22

I don't know, It kind of looked like organized chaos to me, throughout all that erratic driving, walking and horses nobody got struck!!

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u/LightAtEndIsFake Jun 27 '22

Slow speeds was key

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u/knowledgebass Jun 27 '22 edited Jun 27 '22

They had an excuse though because driving had only been around a little while so no one really knew how.

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u/analogjuicebox Jun 27 '22 edited Jun 27 '22

Definitely not. The speeds were so low that it was a mixed-use and mixed-speed shared transportation space. What you’re seeing is good city design between the ability for pedestrians to safely traverse around horses, cars, and trams.

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u/Astrum91 Jun 27 '22

I wouldn't even call it bad driving here. Everything is slow enough that everyone can react to all the changes around them without issue.

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u/Thuper-Man Jun 27 '22

I mean, I get the didn't have turn signals yet, but gawdamn, swerving and cutting like a bunch of assholes

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u/slimyfrog Jun 28 '22

Traffic pattern is pretty much still the same.

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u/Conscious_Exit_5547 Jun 27 '22

The cars are only going 5-10 mph. It's not like the freeway.

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u/SlySlickWicked Jun 27 '22

You never been to SoCal huh

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u/MonumentalDingo Jun 27 '22

I think if you drive more than 10 mph, it's a violation for sure.

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u/knowledgebass Jun 27 '22

This was the cars-sharing-the-road-mostly-with-buggies phase so horses set the defacto speed limit. 🙂

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u/the-samizdat Jun 27 '22

It’s amazing how driving down market 100 years later has not changed

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u/StrangerInStrange Jun 27 '22

The guy manages to drive like a maniac while going 10 miles an hour somehow

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u/foco_runner Jun 27 '22

And many people In the film died weeks later in the 1906 earthquake and fire

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u/Cauhs Jun 27 '22

Oh ...

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u/un005 Jun 27 '22

Same street several months later. After the earthquake photo

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u/LA_Guy0526 Jun 27 '22

What street/neighborhood is it?

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u/un005 Jun 28 '22

I guess it’s Market street. Ferry Building can be seen in the distance

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u/Widoissplinter Jun 27 '22

This could be a stupid question but is the audio original?

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u/Patrick4356 Jun 27 '22

no, just an audio recreation most likey.

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u/Widoissplinter Jun 27 '22

Yeah I had imagined something like that

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u/desertrat75 Jun 27 '22

The audio is a nice backdrop, even if not real.

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u/Widoissplinter Jun 27 '22

It makes it all even more immersive, this thing is the closest we've got to a time machine

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u/Longduckdon22 Jun 27 '22

That's it. I'm convinced the speed limit in cities should be 10 MPH. Slow enough for pedestrians to walk IN the traffic.

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u/SagaciousElan Jun 27 '22

I mean, depending on the level of traffic it probably already is in some cities

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u/fuzzyfuzz Jun 27 '22

Downtown Portland has a 15mph speed limit. If you’re driving through the city you can hit all greens just by staying at 15.

When I lived there, it seemed like the perfect speed limit. Cars aren’t going to fast, bikes can mix in easily and the way all the lights were timed, you could usually walk in one direction and hit mostly walk signs at the intersections.

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u/juan-de-fuca Jun 27 '22

I wonder if future people will look at videos of the 2020s and think like we are thinking: “look at the gasoline cars mixed with the handful of electric cars … I wonder when the gas cars faded away from the streets…” similar to how I’m thinking “I wonder when the horse drawn carriage finally disappeared from city streets”

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u/MeRoyMinoy Jun 27 '22

I don't think it'll be about a mix of electric and gasoline, but something more drastic. The horse and carriage was a large change for how cities looked.

Might be about looking at self driving vehicles, people being surprised how someone was actually behind the wheel. Or how cars exist in cities at all and how they all travel by tram or something

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u/huntibunti Jun 27 '22

I really hope for this so much that people one day will find it absolute bonkers how many cars are on the streets now and how the cities and streets are not designed for people and safer, effecient and eco friendly ways to get around like bikes or trams but for cars.

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u/MoistCucumber Jun 27 '22

Probably not. Ever since the turn of the century, common day life has been pretty well documented. The novelty of this clip is that you can’t easily see records from that period in this format/detail (colored, steady fps video). Closest I can think of is Disney movies being remade in realistic cgi, for kids who refuse to watch anything 2D.

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u/rawbleedingbait Jun 27 '22

They'll look at videos and think "what is this thing?" as they poke it with a stick, seeing if it's food.

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u/McDreads Jun 27 '22

And in the same way people will pay to ride a horse-drawn carriage, I wonder if people of the future will pay to ride a gasoline car of some sort for the antiquated experience

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u/Hixiicochii Jun 27 '22

Not a single damn tree in sight.

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u/WritingTithing Jun 27 '22

Whoa this observation blew my mind. Something looked so unnatural about it

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u/GreatGooglyMoogly077 Jun 27 '22

Or a street light. Or a stop sign.

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u/robotluv Jun 27 '22

Right hand driving cars?

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u/BiGsTaM Jun 27 '22

It was the standard back then

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u/gochomoe Jun 27 '22

This is fascinating for so many reasons. I did not expect to see so many cars in 1906. And the ones that are there drive just like drivers now. Turning right from the left lane, cutting people off, etc.

I'm curious about the software they use to color it. Does anyone know what they used?

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u/samoam561 Jun 27 '22

Nice dash cam footage

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u/vitium Jun 27 '22

It's total chaos. Walkers, bikers, horse drawn coaches, gawkers, cars, trains, trolleys, street cars. Everyone just goes every which way anytime they want. Surprising lack of horse crap all over though...so...that's good at least.

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u/carlotta3121 Jun 27 '22

It made me anxious and crazy. I wanted to yell at the people being rude and cutting in front of the horses.

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u/DerthOFdata Jun 27 '22

And here's the same footage side by side with footage from a few months later. Just after the Quake of 1906.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TaxcXfSwdE

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u/TrustyVerbs Jun 27 '22

Hmmm… are we sure this isn’t just footage from Red Dead Redemption 2?

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u/texas-playdohs Jun 27 '22

Same year as the great earthquake.

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u/Sosemikreativ Jun 27 '22

4 digit number plates seem pretty optimistic considering the production and sale of cars started maybe 10 years earlier and there is a number 4867 driving around already.

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u/slow__rush Jun 27 '22

Cant they just add another number when 9999 has been licensed and not have a issue? There wont be any duplicates

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u/antinothing2 Jun 27 '22

Why does 4867 pass by multiple times? At least 5 or 6.

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u/Sosemikreativ Jun 27 '22

Valid question. I believe you can see him turning at around 1:40. Don't know what his mission is there. Maybe he saw the camera and wanted some fame. If so, he succeeded.

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u/kfueston Jun 27 '22

I notice all the heavy loads were still horse drawn. Must have been before trucks were a thing.

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u/_Sn4pper_ Jun 27 '22

Horses and wagons were still very popular in 1906 it’s just in big cities like San Francisco cars were more common.

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u/j2m1s Jun 27 '22

Interesting to know that it was just 2 years before the revolutionary Ford Model T car!

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u/shibu130 Jun 27 '22

Oof , first i thought it was red dead redemption game

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u/_Sn4pper_ Jun 27 '22

Ikr, rdr is so historically accurate.

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u/JBreezy1618 Jun 27 '22

Times sure do look simpler

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u/shaodynasty808 Jun 27 '22

Yes. Small pox. Tuberculosis. Ya know, the simple things

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u/JBreezy1618 Jun 27 '22

Back when minimum wage was $7 and not 7.25 lol

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u/JollyBloke Interested Jun 27 '22

And they were just as dangerous on the road as now it seems

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u/theundercoverpapist Jun 27 '22

Awesome! And they still drive like that in California, too!

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u/languidvista98 Jun 27 '22

You can enjoy riding in a slow motion. Seems everybody ain't that busy. It's like everything is just magical

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u/lickblep Jun 27 '22

It’s so slow and calm. Nobody’s in a rush to be anywhere. Almost creepy.

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u/no3putts Jun 27 '22

So, before the fire I assume?

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u/Angelshover Jun 27 '22

Is it possible to take current day footage with color, make a black and white copy and feed both to an AI to train it to find patterns in black and white that would correlate to color?

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u/KRG_1-3 Jun 27 '22

whenever i imagine the old times our ancestors were in.. i weirdly cannot do so without placing them in a black and white setting or some really low res colour setting

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u/Dekes1 Jun 27 '22

Transportation types all in one video: Human powered, animal powered, internal combustion powered, electricity powered.

If you include things like romantic horse drawn carriage rides, all of those types are still in use today.

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u/Electricsocketlicker Jun 27 '22

Cars, trolley, horses, carriages, and cars all shares the road back then. Now we can’t even merge

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u/CamH00ps Jun 27 '22

This is awesome, I wish I could step into this

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u/Morprenrut Jun 27 '22

I'm more amazed by the quality of the footage!

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u/0oBEARo0 Jun 27 '22

Literally, all the people on earth the day this video was made are dead now.

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u/hairy_embroidery Jun 27 '22

Wow, this looks even nicer.

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u/bagou01 Jun 27 '22

i guess rent was still somehow afordable back then

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u/bobweir_is_part_dam Jun 27 '22

Also, I see that even back then, the left lane is for passing you grannies! Move out the way!

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u/scotyb Jun 27 '22

This is awesome to see. When did traffic lights and order happen?

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u/Magpie-81 Jun 27 '22

Any colorized footage of the earthquake that year?

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u/AnuragKushwaha__ Jun 27 '22

Damn, everyone looks so professional. What a dressing sense we had.

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u/potatointhegarden Jun 27 '22

anyone able to geolocate this?

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u/Andre_alsant Jun 27 '22

Is that spire looking thing in the center of the video a building or some kind of reflection? It looks like it's getting bigger and closer but I noticed it disappears around 1:40

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u/bendre90 Jun 27 '22

Look at the sky. How clean the Earth must have been before the industrial age.

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u/shaodynasty808 Jun 27 '22

Like I’m in a literal time machine!

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u/skaistda Jun 27 '22

wow this is amazing

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u/No-Lawyer-7873 Jun 27 '22

It is beautiful 💖😍

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u/medicinaltequilla Jun 27 '22

that's amazing. ...and not one observable accident! people walking every fucking direction too

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u/Rokea-x Jun 27 '22

Sooo it’s been more than 100years that bad drivers block the left lane on highways? Humans really don’t ever evolve huh 😂

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u/mama146 Jun 27 '22

That must have been chaos when horses and cars first started sharing the road.

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u/hiddenemi Jun 27 '22

Take me back!

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u/Longjumping_Review12 Jun 27 '22

I could watch these for hours. Amazing time.

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u/intromatt Jun 27 '22

I’m in awe.

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u/HelenAngel Jun 27 '22

Good to know that even in horse & buggy days, people still drove like idiots

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u/thecuzzin Jun 27 '22

That tram going across the street without tracks was pretty sweet. 3:05

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u/ericisshort Jun 27 '22

I thought it had no tracks at first, but after the trolly passes and as camera gets closer, you can see the tracks.

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u/MoKnees Jun 27 '22

Quantic made a cool video with this clip with his song HERE

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u/davieb22 Jun 27 '22

Red Dead Redemption III

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u/jim2jimjim Jun 27 '22

Weird, not even one crackhead in sight

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u/lginn92 Jun 27 '22

The cleanest it’s ever been 🤣

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u/ultranxious Jun 27 '22

People dressed like that then. We dress how we dress now. Wtf is fashion going to be in another 100 years damn.

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u/FullyThoughtLess Jun 27 '22

TIL California drivers have never been good.

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u/_whistlepig_ Jun 27 '22

A bit nicer than it is today.

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u/8acon4ndeggs Jun 27 '22

One thing hasn't changed, there is still shit in the street

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u/Sea_Performance1464 Jun 27 '22

Imagine driving a Bugatti Veyron there, blasting out music of a death-metal band.

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u/Patseiam Jun 27 '22

Dear time travelers don’t do that

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u/ringpull83Tizer Jun 27 '22

Jesus! This gave me anxiety!

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u/BiGsTaM Jun 27 '22

I hate that my instinct compared that to india's traffic

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u/Rex19950 Jun 27 '22

San Fran’s streets were filled with sh*t then, too.

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u/alhailhypnotoad Jun 27 '22

Was just there yesterday.
Looks exactly the same - right down to the tracks running down the middle of the road.

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u/UnfavorableFlop Jun 27 '22

Where are all the druggies, human feces, and thieves?

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u/KJMI95 Jun 27 '22

They replaced horses crapping in the street with hobos instead

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u/Slapppyface Jun 28 '22

75% of homeless people in this country were in the Foster system. Not everyone had your life, nor your luck.

Don't judge people for things I didn't choose and don't gloat about things you didn't choose. Be grateful for what you have and kind to those who weren't so lucky.

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u/qe2eqe Jun 27 '22

you ever try taking a shit in SF without spending money? It's slim pickings

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u/montemanm1 Jun 27 '22

That is not the preferred nomenclature, dude. "Persons Experiencing Lack of Housing and Employment", please! /sarc.

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u/Whatdafuqisgoingon Jun 27 '22

This is neat, its basically today with a different viewpoint. The motorized cars are like Tesla's and other EV's and the horse drawn buggies are regular gas powered cars. Upgrades!

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u/nurse-mik Jun 27 '22

I’m pretty sure this is not San Francisco but Los Angeles. I’ve seen this before and I think it was a museum and they said it was Los Angeles. There’s no way in hell you would be driving on that flat that wide of a piece of street in San Francisco

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u/hownow80 Jun 27 '22

It's market street. Shot from a Street car/cable car

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u/skaistda Jun 27 '22

you can clearly see "Castro" marked on one of the cable cars that go through the scene. It's San Francisco.

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u/desertrat75 Jun 27 '22

It’s Market St in SFO.

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u/alborden Jun 27 '22

Just because there are lots of hills in SF doesn't mean there aren't flat parts. As someone who has spent many years there, this street (Market Street) is flat.

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u/ThiccChick69 Jun 27 '22

Was this before it became a shit stained cess pool?

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u/desertrat75 Jun 27 '22

Said by someone that’s never been there.

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u/PotentialAd1206 Jun 27 '22

before woke

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u/Beginning-Eye-1987 Jun 27 '22

Ahh back before all the rainbows 🌈 👎🏼

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u/hmoeslund Jun 27 '22

Same speed as today inside a city

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u/fourkite Jun 27 '22

I notice the Flood Building on the left at 0:57

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u/SpeedyManufacturer Jun 27 '22

They make it more levier and so interesting watching the life before

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u/icemelter4K Jun 27 '22

We need an AI that takes video as input and generates the soundtrack

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u/OrangeCosmic Jun 27 '22

I want to go back

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u/NydNugs Jun 27 '22

I love this footage, I first found it attached to a trippy music video.

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u/BurnerForJustTwice Jun 27 '22

I thought there would be more horse shit. Everywhere. I guess they were pretty good about that.

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u/Independent-Bee-8087 Jun 27 '22

I’d still use a horse and buggy.

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u/nRg-85 Jun 27 '22

Traffic in 1906 is just as bad as it is now in SF

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u/R3dd1tard Jun 27 '22

This is so cool

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u/NaruNaru_ Jun 27 '22

Reminds me of india

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u/Nella_Morte Jun 27 '22

We watch this video along to deadmou5 albums. Occasionally they match up really interestingly. Perfect background for having some drinks with family and friends.

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u/bobweir_is_part_dam Jun 27 '22

I just want Wyatt to gallop down the street, shooting his six gun...

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u/dpe4 Jun 27 '22

Questionable Drivers and Pedestrians. Some San Francisco characteristics never change.

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u/Ok-Ad-1750 Jun 27 '22

St. Denis

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u/dudreddit Jun 27 '22

No traffic lights, wagons pulling out any time they feel like it, workers cleaning hose crap off the road. Typical day ...

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u/balls8687 Jun 27 '22

Red dead 2 has better graphics than real life San Fran 1906

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u/Primary_Ad_849 Jun 27 '22

I genuinely can’t wrap my head around the fact that this real I feel like my brain can only comprehend life from the 1940s on

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u/randomaltname Jun 27 '22

All of those people are dead.

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u/Fresh-Honeydew7104 Jun 27 '22

The white car flying past everyone at 15mph was definitely a BMW.

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u/Curious-Elk1638 Jun 27 '22

Imagine people watching tik tok videos a hundred years from now

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u/TooCoolForSchool26 Jun 27 '22

Wow! People even drove like assholes back then!

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u/9drahcir Jun 27 '22

Everybody in this clip is dead. Bizzare to think that and while watching all I can think of as I look at people is think, "what's your story?".

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u/unclepaprika Jun 27 '22

This looks like those gopro videos where the rod is invisible

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u/Rezurrected188 Jun 27 '22

What's the deal with the clouds?

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u/_theweather Jun 27 '22

First google map street view ever, pulled by horse. That was so chaotic

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u/Witcher587 Jun 27 '22

exactly like in rdr2

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u/redhotbos Jun 27 '22

Market street hasn’t changed since. Still a slow slog and pain to navigate.

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u/Jesayeff Jun 27 '22

Not much has changed, poop on street then, poop on street now

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u/305Stangs Jun 27 '22

How much was gas?

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u/fsurfer4 Jun 27 '22 edited Jun 27 '22

"In late April 1906, the price of gasoline for automobiles ranged from 16¢ to 21¢ per gallon. Source: Horseless Age, April 25, 1906, p. 611. col. 3."

"Another Rise in Gasoline Prices.
The Standard Oil Company, on April
16, announced a further advance in the
price of gasoline and refined oil of one half cent per gallon.

The new quotations, which were in immediate effect, are:
Ohio State test refined oil, 9 I/2 cents;
water white Ohio State test, 10 1/2 cents ;
varnish makers' and painters* naphtha,
12 1/2 cents; deodorized stove gasoline,
13 1/2 cents ; 74 to 76 degrees gasoline, 16 1/2
cents; 80 degree gasoline, 19 1/2 cents; 87
degree gasoline, 20 cents; 88 degree gas
oline, 21 cents"

https://libraryguides.missouri.edu/pricesandwages/1900-1909

about $6.00 gallon inflation corrected. This is not accurate because prices can't be directly correlated. Most inflation guides start at 1913.

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u/[deleted] Jun 27 '22

It's crazy to think all life in this video is now gone

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u/democris Jun 27 '22

Utter chaos

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u/LyleCrumbstorm Jun 27 '22

Mr. Fancy Pantaloons with road rage in his newfangled horseless carriage while the local hobo hops a free ride - cigars are $0.05! ...Man, color would have prematurely modernized the spirit of that era.

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u/UnprofessionalGhosts Jun 27 '22

The sky wouldn’t have been that blue though. We underestimate how much soot caused pollution.

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u/fandanvan Jun 27 '22

Zodiacs mom and dad are POSSSSSIBLYYYYY in this video

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u/savagekingsavage Jun 27 '22

Why everyone is in tuxedo

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u/McCringleberry_ Jun 27 '22

These are trippy because nobody is alive anymore in this video.