Film, Video San Francisco disaster /
About this Item
- San Francisco disaster /
- This film shows the partial burning of a small-scale model of downtown San Francisco in an early attempt at simulating the 1906 disaster. The model is seen in aerial view from above the South-of-Market district, looking northwest toward Market Street and the downtown area. Russian Hill (left) and Telegraph Hill (right) are shown in a painted background. The Call Building at 3rd and Market streets is modelled at left center, and the Ferry Building (Market and East streets) is shown at right. Market Street and downtown have been greatly shortened between the two enlarged model building. It is likely that the producers of the film wanted their audiences to think that they were viewing actual footage of the fire, and the film was probably promoted as such. In reality, the location of the initial fires was more widely scattered than is shown, with many more blazes beginning out of view, at left, and a few more north of the Ferry Building. And while the principal fires did coalesce and spread from the area shown burning, the flames never reached the spectacular proportions shown in the simulation. Note the heavy puffs of smoke wafted in from the left, both to give the impression of a rapidly spreading conflagration and to put out the flames for the final "smoking ruins" view. In fact, every part of the city shown (except a few small pockets) burned over a three day period. No doubt today's special effects wizards could produce a far more convincing simulation of the disaster.
- Contributor Names
- Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera.
- American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
- Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
- Created / Published
- United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906.
- Subject Headings
- - San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
- - Fires--California--San Francisco
- - San Francisco (Calif.)--History
- - H77924 U.S. Copyright Office
- - Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 19May1906; H77924.
- - Duration: 2:42 at 15 fps.
- - Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
- - Photographed: May 5, 1906. Location: Studio, New York City.
- - Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
- - Received: 5/19/1906; paper pos; copyright deposit Paper Print Collection.
- 1 roll (312 ft) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- LC 2177 (paper pos)
- Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
- Digital Id
- Library of Congress Catalog Number
- Library of Congress Catalog Number Record
- Online Public Access Catalog Record
- Additional Metadata Formats
- MARCXML Record
- MODS Record
- Dublin Core Record
ContributorsAmerican Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Bitzer, G. W.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
San Francisco (Calif.)
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif.
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Bitzer, G. W., , Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. San Francisco disaster. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694432. (Accessed February 13, 2016.)
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Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1906) San Francisco disaster. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694432.
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Bitzer, G. W., , Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. San Francisco disaster. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/00694432>.