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Compare and contrast Market Street - San Francisco's main axis - as it looked before the 1906 earthquake, just after and now.
Compare and contrast Market Street - San Francisco's main axis - as it looked before the 1906 earthquake and now. This augmented reality tour is best experienced walking east on Market Street, starting from 5th Street.
The pre-earthquake film is "A Trip down Market Street" by the Miles Brothers. The Miles Brothers (Harry, Herbert, and Earl C.) made and exhibited films and created the first motion picture exchange in the U.S., an innovation that dramatically changed the industry. For decades, it was believed that "A Trip down Market Street" was filmed in 1905. However, in the spring of 2010, film historian David Kiehn determined that the film was actually made on or around April 12th, 1906, just a few days before the earthquake that devastated San Francisco on April 18th, 1906.
The film was taken from a cable car traveling east down the middle of Market Street. Note that this means your view from the sidewalk will be slightly different.
The film is from the collection of Prelinger Archives, San Francisco