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Time travel to 1905 Today we travel back in time to the year 1905 in San Francisco for a trip on board a cable car on Market Street. Kina spooky.
Tags: Time  travel    1905 
Added: 1st November 2010
Views: 2870
Posted By: Wolfen
Posted by: Carl1957 on 2010-11-01 
Faster Mr. Conductor...faster! I'm late for work!
Posted by: Cliffy on 2010-11-01 
Excellent! I just saw this on 60 Minutes, they traced this clip as being shot days before The Great San Francisco Earthquake. The company that shot this had their office in the neighborhood and it was completely demolished, the film however was shipped by rail the day before the quake!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-11-02 
There were jaywalkers and reckless drivers back then too!
Posted by: Jedwgrn on 2010-11-03 
First, slow and easy is my speed - so Carl the speed is about right for me. Speed limit signs just are not challenging anymore. And, that was about how they were driving the last time I was out there a few decades ago.
Posted by: Wolfen on 2010-11-04 
To me its like watching ghosts.
But it sure interesting huh?
Don't know if all the cars back then had right hand steering, or the film is just reversed.
Posted by: Cliffy on 2010-11-04 
You are correct sir! Wolfen you are right about the steering, but the signs are correct. Now you got me wondering when if steering wheels were ever on the other side of American vehicles. I know this clip is in San Fran right before the earthquake.
Posted by: Wolfen on 2010-11-06 
Just FYI
Ford changed to left-hand drive in the 1908 model year. Chris Garrett reports that he has a book that shows a 1907 Ford with the caption, last of the right drive Fords, and I have a photocopy of a Ford catalogue from 1908 (courtesy of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan) which explains the benefits of placing the controls on the left side of the car thus:

The control is located on the left side, the logical place, for the following reasons: Travelling along the right side of the road the steering wheel on the right side of the car made it necessary to get out on the street side and walk around the car. This is awkward and especially inconvenient if there is a lady to be considered. The control on the left allows you to step out of the car on to the curbing without having had to turn the car around.

In the matter of steering with the control on the right the driver is farthest away from the vehicle he is passing, going in opposite direction; with it on the left side he is able to see even the wheels of the other car and easily avoids danger.

With the wheel at the left, the hand levers are operated with the left hand leaving the right hand to do the more delicate work of steering the car.

Michael Scotts writes that he has a Cadillac book which states that all their US cars were right-hand drive until 1915, when there was the option of taking left-hand drive. Soon after 1916, they were left-hand drive only.
just one of those things you use every day. just dont know how it came about :)
Posted by: Steve on 2010-11-07 
Wow, excellent Wolfen! Welcome to the site!
Posted by: Classico on 2010-12-24 
Fascinating how there was so much energy and how this all fell apart just 2 weeks later.
Posted by: Kinkman on 2014-03-21 
Probably a silly question, but did the cable cars have brakes? People seem pretty nonchalant about walking right in front of it, cars just pull out, wagons, etc. Even other cable cars.
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