1907 dashcam footage is one of the oldest available [video]

More than a century ago...

This is one of the oldest footage captured by a dashcam. The short clip shows the life in Vancouver, Canada on May 7, 1907.

In 2008 Australia's National Film and Sound Archive released some footage which at that time was considered to be from Hobart, Australia. Upon further investigation, it was established the film was recorded in Vancouver, Canada.

A Seattle filmmaker by the name of William Harbeck jumped into one of the local streetcars and started filming the busy life of the city. Later on, Harbeck was commissioned to document the launch of the Titanic which led to his demise when he was only 44 years old.

On a side note, here is an even older dashcam footage recorded on April 14, 1906 in San Francisco, just four days before the massive earthquake and fire.

Source: autoblog.com

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some may not changed
Jan 19, 2015 1:57 am
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where are the women?
Jan 10, 2013 1:16 am
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Where were the cars?!
Jan 10, 2013 1:03 am
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They're all dead. Also, lots of horse crap everywhere. It really did stink back then.
Jan 9, 2013 8:44 pm
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nitro bug
Fantastic footage, so much change in the past 100 plus years, just think what the next 100 years will do the car industry. I did notice that in Vancouver they were driving on the left side of the road and in the San Francesco on the right, must have been the British influence in Canada at that time.
Jan 9, 2013 7:03 pm
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That's cool but where is the usual M3 driver crashing his car while trying to show off?
Jan 9, 2013 4:30 pm
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I, for one, found the footage of both videos absolutely memerising. It's fascinating to see how times have changed so drastically.
Jan 9, 2013 4:03 pm
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