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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

1906 San Fransisco Earthquake - Before and After

Some great, eerie footage from early San Fransisco. 

It's film taken of a drive down a bustling Market Street in 1905 followed by footage of the exact same drive in 1906, after the April 18th San Fransisco earthquake and fire


The disaster impacted 490 city blocks, destroying about 25,000 structures. Seven hundred people were said to have lost their lives, though more modern accounts say that the death count was likely many times that. Most of the dead were never recovered.

They say that after 20 years all photographs are significant. The person(s) responsible for shooting film of what was an ordinary day on an ordinary main street in 1905 could not have imagined what they were capturing.

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