There Were Giants In Those Days

Referencing the debate that’s continuing over on in conjunction with my L.A. Times column, L.A. City Nerd points out how the more things change the more they stay the same via this 110-year-old clip, a very short segment made on Spring Street in Los Angeles by Thomas Edison in 1897* showing the thoroughfare all a-bustle with several types of horse-drawn conveyances, a trolley, some pedestrians and then rolling along comes a lone cyclist, in bike laneless traffic riding like it’s his right to be there (click to enlarge):


My hero.

* The clip’s webpage indicates the film was copyrighted in 1898, but about 11 seconds in flashes a marker that indicates it was filmed on August 31, 1897. 


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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."