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01/06/10
Market Street in 1905
Filed under: general, video
Posted by: The Cyclofiend @ 12:27 pm

This has very, very little to do with cycling, but I really enjoyed this slightly slo-mo’d version of a cable car ride down Market Street in San Francisco.  I’ve always been drawn to historical footage, but this one is really clean (Thanks to voice actor David J for posting a link to it!).


I’m not sure what part I like the best - the kid on the bike at around 30 seconds in is pretty good, especially as you can see a cable-car-awaiting pedestrian get totally freaked out as he approaches while looking back at the camera.

But, then the pedestrians in general get a big vote - the sauntering, let’s-see-how-close-the-car-can-get-to-me, pace of those crossing in front; the sheer joy of the kid at running at a perfect pace to stay ahead of the street car. 

The cross traffic is stunning as well.  Reminds me of being out on the bay in a boat, caught near a turn in a sailing race, where folks are cutting right in front of you and there’s nothing you can do about it.

As Lou Reed once said, “..those were different times.”

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