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Biggest stack in Southern Hemisphere is coming down

 
 
Bootlace
 
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Reply Sun 29 Jun, 2014 08:06 pm
@Wilso,
1906 Market street San Francisco.
Note where the car drivers are sitting even though they are driving on the right hand side of the road. (Mostly)

Wilso
 
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Reply Sun 29 Jun, 2014 08:18 pm
Jesus. I wonder if they kept stats for pedestrian deaths!?!
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 12:17 am
@Bootlace,
What an amazing piece of footage.

Does anyone know why the cars had the drivers seat on the right? I'm obviously assuming that these cars were made in America....so why?

vikorr
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:10 am
@Lordyaswas,
We drive on the left hand side.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:17 am
@vikorr,
Please explain?

I am asking why American cars, driving in America, have the driver's seat positioned on the right, ie the same as a British car, which is designed to drive on the left.

What the heck are you trying to say?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:19 am
Typically American, they do it just to piss you off, Lordy.
roger
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:21 am
@vikorr,
We don't. Usually
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:24 am
@Setanta,
Ah, he's American.

I thought he was possibly a Brit who couldn't understand my waffling.

Not that I waffle, of course. Well, not all the time. Sometimes I'm almost concise and clear. Especially when sober.

Those were the days.

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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:25 am
That's a good question, Lordy. The only thing that comes to my mind is that vehicles from England were more readily available. (Ford Motor Company was only started in 1903, so perhaps American automobiles were not available.) They are driving on the right, so it is a poser.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:28 am
@Setanta,
Isn't it a remarkable glimpse into the past, though.

I love the way that the motor cars just buzz in and out, with pedestrians playing chicken.

Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:32 am
@Lordyaswas,
Yes, and the horses placidly pursuing their ancient careers.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:33 am
That was the same year as the great earthquake, so one wonders, before or after?
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 04:53 am
Here is Market Street immediately after the earthquake and fire in April, 1906.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/04/12/travel/12letter.600.jpg
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 06:01 am
@Setanta,
Looking at your photo, I would guess the video was taken before, as there's a hell of a lot of devastation in the pic.
I've just sat and watched it through again, and couldn't see a sign of any damage, and I'm sure they wouldn't have been able to clear and rebuild all in the same year.

I remember walking around areas like that in London, and that was in the early sixties, getting on twenty years after the war.
Granted, the country was all but bankrupt, but still, twenty years is a long old time, even for British builders.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 1 Jul, 2014 05:37 am
Yeah . . . there ain't a lot of cars in that picture--plenty of parking spaces, though.
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