Rare Film of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Found

A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire

1906 San Francisco Earthquake Damage: “Riding Down Market Street” 1906 Prelinger Archives


Source: breitbart.com San Francisco 1906 earthquake (Hulton Archive / Getty)

A rare, nitrate film reel, shot by the Miles Brothers, with nine minutes of footage capturing San Francisco two weeks after the devastating 1906 earthquake, surfaced at the Alemany Flea Market and will premiere at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont on April 14.

“Miles Brothers footage shot after the earthquake is extremely difficult to find,” film historian David Kiehn told the San Francisco Chronicle. “They shot more footage than anyone else after the earthquake, almost 7,000 feet of it, I believe. Almost two hours of footage and practically none of it survived. This nine-minute piece is the biggest segment that I’ve seen anywhere and another great part of this footage is it re-creates ‘A Trip Down Market Street.’”

The Miles Brothers’ most famous work is a 13-minute silent film titled A Trip Down Market Street, which was shot from a cable car days before the earthquake. (more)

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