OK, I know this has been bouncing around the blogosphere and Facebook, but I can't help posting it -- this glimpse into San Francisco days before the 1906 earthquake is marvelous. More important than the subsequent devastation (to me) is that the film shows a historically fascinating moment in time. I find the mix of horses, bikes, cars, buggies and cable cars absolutely hypnotizing. It's a crazy overlap of new and old technology. To say nothing of the absurdly prodigious and formal layers of clothing that everyone is wearing! It's amazing that we went from such tricked out gear to wearing sweatpants and PJs in public. Everyone I've talked to gets something different out of the video.
Just watch the clip, you won't regret it.