About ten years ago I stitched together a seven-panel daguerreotype of San Francisco taken in 1851 and converted it to a Quicktime VR panorama. On this 104th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, I reprise it here. Here’s your chance to stand at First and Howard streets 159 years ago, at the onset of the Gold Rush.
This wonderful 7 minute film just came across my desk. It’s a 35mm film of San Francisco’s Market Street shot four days before the 1906 earthquake from the front of a cable car. Thanks to David Kiehn of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum for dating the work. It is an astounding step back in time.