Shaping San Francisco

One of San Francisco’s under-sung heroes is Rick Prelinger, founder and curator of the Prelinger Archive. He has uncovered and preserved countless movie clips that document our city’s past.

Quite a few of them feature streetcars and cable cars as part of the daily fabric of the city and a few focus on them, like this one, showing strikers going after a “scab streetcar” operated by United Railroads in 1917. A good fit for Labor Day weekend.

For more interesting video clips from the city’s past, pay a visit to the Shaping San Francisco site.