(5 Apr 2011)
"4 days before the big quake San Fran....watch it. 1906"
That was amazing to see. The Ferry Bldg is still there
today. (That pointed bldg at the end of the street.) So are
the cable cars.....although they no longer go down Market Street.
Imagine, no traffic signals, no stop signs,......people, cars, horses
just go any which way they wanted to......and I didn't see a single
accident. Now days things are so strict. You can get
ticketed for walking in the wrong place, driving in the wrong
place......and fined if you take a horse down Market Street at all
Anyway, I keep expecting Charlie Chaplin to jump out onto the
screen.......but this is BEFORE his time. NYC must have looked
similar at this time period. Also, some very strange looking
Also interesting to note that Bank of America used be called the Bank
of Italy, back then. A. P. Gianini turned BofI/BofA into a large
prosperous bank, by slapping up a plank on top of barrels, and began
making low interest building loans to anyone who wanted a loan right
after the quake! He practically financed the entire rebuilding,
and thus the rapid recovery of SF. He took huge risks, because
everyone had pretty much lost everything. But that was what was
responsible for the rapid recovery of SF after the quake. Today,
banks do the opposite......thus, no recovery.