Unearthed footage of San Francisco's Market Street in the '60s looks like a different city
This footage of Market Street in the mid-60s feels like the opening of a Scorsese masterpiece, the passing neon signs and movie theater marquees give a glimpse at a vibrant city's central artery at night. Passing pool halls, cigar bars, and nightclubs and record stores briefly tease as to what life, music and vice may lie behind the clean bright post-war facades, before disappearing into the dark, and into history. The camera, seemingly fixed to the back of a trolley or car, glides from Market and 8th, down five long blocks, before coming to a halt near Market and 3rd capturing some remarkably high quality footage for the era. There's a bristling electricity in the air, the street is alive and full of potential; an American city on the brink of a counter cultural explosion, where even the Greyhound station looks enticing.