Kisses on a postcard

In the 19th & 20th centuries, Trams & Streetcars were part of the streetscape in towns and cities in Canada, Europe & America.

Studying contemporary postcards, it can be seen how well this form of urban transport fitted in with homes, businesses & people.

ThisAi??coloured postcardAi??of post World War One Karlsruhe, Germany, shows a typical street scene.

The postcard is taken from a website called The Daily Postcard

and an aptly named series of postings titled Streetcar Sunday.

The Karlsruhe Light Rail & Tram-Train network is rightly held as a model for the city of Surrey and the Lower Fraser Valley to aspire to with Interurban Tram-Trains, Light Rail & tram systems.

Finally for this Good Friday posting, the Cardinal brings you a video of San Francisco.

A camera was mounted on the front of a street car in San Francisco 105 years ago (1906). Perhaps the oldest “home movie” that you will ever see!
This film was originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn, with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot.
Ai??From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates wereAi??Ai??issued!). It was filmed only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and shipped by train to NY for processing.


Experience is not what happens to you;
it is what you do with what happens to you.
— Aldous Huxley

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