Film historian David Kiehn discovers truth about iconic SF film

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An iconic silent film starring San Francisco made its debut on "60 Minutes."

"A Trip Down Market Street" has riveting black and white scenes of life in the city before the Big One in 1906. Back then, Market street was little more than a dusty road filled with horse drawn carriages, men in hats and women in Victorian gowns bustling about.

One for the archives, right? Not quite.

According to the Library of Congress, the film was shot in September 1905. But film historian, David Kiehn, who oversees the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, noticed some inconsistencies when he began to research the film.

Kiehn's dogged pursuit of the facts led him to discover that the film was shot not a year before the 1906 earthquake, but more like a week before. And it led him to a spot on "60 Minutes."...
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