Prelinger's Lost Landscapes of San Francisco archival film night, Dec 4

Jeff sez, "'Guerrilla archivist' Rick Prelinger is once again joining forces with the Long Now Foundation for the 4th in his series of screenings titled, 'Lost Landscapes of San Francisco.' In the first talk of this series, Rick unveiled a jaw-dropping, now-famous restoration of a first-person perspective streetcar ride up Market Street, circa 1905."

As in past years, Lost Landscapes 4 will be an eclectic montage of rediscovered and rarely-seen film clips showing life, landscapes, labor and leisure in a vanished San Francisco as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers.

This year's Lost Landscapes will include much new and unseen material from Prelinger Archives and other collections, including newly discovered films shot by longtime San Francisco residents. Unlike most film screenings, Lost Landscapes relies on audience members for the soundtrack -- we encourage viewers to interact with the film, shout out questions and identify mystery scenes.

Rick Prelinger's Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 4 « Spots Unknown San Francisco (Thanks, Jeff!)


  1. I love finding old photos and films like this. We recently found 1906/7 true color photographs from Europe (i.e, not hand painted or tinted). We are still trying to determine copyright so we can add them to the CAPL photo database. Here they are in a GIS map as a preview.
    Send a message if you can help with Copyright info.

  2. This is fantastic! Sometimes I wish I lived on the left coast. I’ve found the previous installment of the series. Does anyone know where the first two installments can be found?

  3. I stumbled on some un-restored streetcar footage on Prelinger’s site years ago.

    Surreal is the wrong word . . . but definitely dream-like.

    There’s some post-quake footage too, showing an utterly trashed city that was nonetheless still hopping, with businesses popping up amidst the road-side rubble heaps.

  4. The first two installments didn’t make it online. Long Now uploaded the third. It’s a live event, and the audience-supplied questions, comments and shoutouts are what make it really sing, so I haven’t been that eager about putting out a cooled-out version online. — Rick

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