A Trip Down Market Street
It is, as the title claims it to be, a journey by street car along Market Street in San Francisco photographed over one-hundred years ago. And a fascinating journey it is! Research by David Kiehn of the Silent Film Museum in Niles, California, determined that the Miles Brothers film company shot the film in April 1906, just a week before the catastrophic earthquake and fire. Occasionally attributed to Jack Kuttner, the film was most likely directed by Harry Miles. Thanks to the efforts of Rick Prelinger, there exists a stunning 35mm copy of the film, much superior to the print source here. That stated, this version has its merits. In particular, it features a score by the Beth Custer Ensemble.