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Lost Landscapes of San Francisco

Rick Prelinger, a “guerrilla” film archivist, presents a wonderful collection of moving images of San Francisco under the auspices of The Long Now Foundation. He starts around 1904 and goes up through the 1960s. Of particular interest to me is the opening ride up Market Street to the Ferry Building (1904). Around 53:00 minutes there is the victory parade for World War One with people on the street wearing masks against the 1918 flu epidemic. Also, the Pan Am Clipper taking off at the Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island in August, 1941 (54:00 minutes) was like seeing a real life scene from Indiana Jones.

If you love San Francisco, you’ll want to see this amazing footage. (Tip o’ de hat to Kotke.org and Boing Boing.)

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