Unraveling ‘Trip Down Market Street’

For the transit geek/history buff in you: tomorrow night you can hear all about the story behind the popular footage of “Trip Down Market Street” that was filmed over 100 years ago by the Miles Brothers. I first saw this footage at Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes show a few years ago (if you don’t know about the Prelinger Archives or his amazing library, you’re missing out on some really cool San Francisco history.)

David Kiehn, historian for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, will be talking about the Miles Brothers and their many files. For a preview, check out the Market Street Railway‘s narrated version of the footage. It turns out that the film was made just days before the 1906 earthquake. Amazing stuff.

“Unraveling the story behind ‘A Trip Down Market Street'” is at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. See details from Squidlist.

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