Enjoy this 1930s version of ‘A Trip Down Market Street’ in color

I’ve recently seen this stunning piece of film on YouTube that was posted in November of 2020. Shot in the 1930s, it’s a drive down Market Street from Steuart Street near the Ferry Building to Stockton Street. The filmmakers were obviously inspired by the famous 1906 film ‘A Trip Down Market Street’. It’s been colorized and has had sound effects added for enhancement by NASS, and if you like San Francisco, you’re in for a delightful ride. I took some captures of the movie and did a few then and nows in spots where the film passes, but the important part of this post is the YouTube link at the end of my pictures to the film; it’s a high quality restoration and a fascinating look at Market Street during the 1930s. (Thumbnail images)

The drive starts out at the Hotel Terminal, which was located approximately where the Hyatt Regency is today.

  

One of the many automobiles following the car being driven by the cameramen throughout the film passes California and Drumm Streets on the left as the Southern Pacific Building comes in to view across Market Street on the right.

 

Two images passing by Drumm Street where a California Street cable car can be seen on the left, and the same location today.

 

The trailing autos and a J Line streetcar pass by the Palace Hotel.

 

They’re at Kearny Street here in the shade of the 1930s Market Street buildings with Lotta’s Fountain, just visible in the shadow on the left, and the Chronicle Building. This Lotta’s Fountain had the extended column added to it in 1916, and was in a slightly different location than where it was originally placed in 1875.

They’re passing Grant Avenue now and the old Wells Fargo Building on the left. William Randolph Hearst’s Examiner Building is on the right.

 

Another look at the old Wells Fargo Building on the corner of Grant Avenue and Market Street:

 

The film ends at Stockton Street with people watching a parade on Market Street. Relax now for a few minutes and watch the actual film below.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Enjoy this 1930s version of ‘A Trip Down Market Street’ in color

  • The sign on top of the Bank of America is . . . odd. It is if only the sign that faces the other direction is visible in reverse. All those cars are rad, even if I can not identify any of them.

    • I can identify them, Tony; they’re all old cars! Good eye; I noticed the backward Bank of America sign as well. Back then the building must have been tall enough to have a view of the Bay, and they decided that that would be better advertising to the people coming over from the East Bay by ferryboat. You can still see that building behind the Palace Hotel in the current photo, and I believe there’s still a Bank of America there.

      • Yes, I figured that it ‘must’ be visible from somewhere, and those on the sidewalks below are not likely looking so high upward. Now that you mentioned it, the big ‘Ghiradelli’ sign looks backward from inland, but is very visible from all those tourist boats.

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