San Francisco Way-Back Machine
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….Ron Henggeler linked me to rare footage of San Francisco shot in 1906, only four days before the 1906 earthquake.
Now and then, on my bike, I try to imagine the way things were when the safety bicycle was in use, say between 1900-1910. B.C. (Before Cars). How things might have looked, smelled, etc.
I also try to be realistic about the likelihood of a mid-fifties woman cruising around on such a bike without being arrested for disturbing the peace…
I like to think they had a decent transportation mix: walkers, bikers, horses and streetcars, but you can see the automobile (without benefit of road striping or traffic lights) interfering with it all.
If you have 8 minutes to go back in time, you will also note how very few women appear. Scholars tell us that ’06 was still the Dark Ages for women, and very few were seen out and about, unless they were on an extreme shopping mission…or someone’s maid. Or that other thing…the so-called world’s oldest profession.
I know there were older ones than that–soothsaying, mudwifery, cave painting & stencilling, baby-sitting, and acorn-gathering.
I’m sending you this cuz I can’t get email for a few days. At least my comment section will work.