Most of us take all the wonderful things in our world of 2022 for granted and sometimes, we wish things were much simpler, like they used to be 100+ year ago.
After you watch this video, you'll appreciate the fact that traffic life in the streets of some of our major cities back then had loads of CHAOS!!!
This is a video of downtown San Francisco in 1906(4 days before the big earthquake). The chaos is mind boggling to imagine compared to today!!!!! I had to watch the entire thing, then go back and watch parts of it a 2nd time.
There must be a hundred examples of what would be called reckless/careless driving incidents today(but its just normal for them) and dozens of close calls to accidents in just over 10 minutes.
I found this, in a story that explained the history of the LA Dodgers baseball team.
A History and Etymology of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Nickname
Several years previous to this, the biggest problem in the big cities was where to put all the horse crap!
New York City was a crowded mess: no one could figure out what to do with all the horse manure, urine, and rotting horse carcasses on the streets spreading disease. New York had over 100,000 horses producing over 2.5 million pounds of manure every day. Fossil fuel powered trains, electric streetcars and internal combustion vehicles were seen as the clean-energy alternative.
Didnt realize the camcorder dated that far back
John, I believe they dubbed in the sounds later, sort of like they did/do with the laughter on tv shows when there was no audience.
Here's an updated version:
The famous 1906 Trip Down Market Street film by the Miles Brothers has been posted on YouTube hundreds of times, but this is the first version with both sound effects and a full narration that explains what you're seeing and its historic significance. The narration is by San Francisco historian Rick Laubscher, who was featured in the 2010 "60 Minutes" segment on the film. Laubscher is president of Market Street Railway, the nonprofit advocacy group that supports San Francisco's priceless cable cars and historic streetcars. More details on this organization can be found at www.streetcar.org.
This one below is the most vivid/powerful:
One of my brothers, sent me this video. He didn't shoot it but has been there a couple of times and says this is exactly how it was/is:
Incredible Indian Traffic - isn't it crazy?!