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  • New York 1911

    Superb quality film

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aohXOpKtns0

    The early 1900s were a period of rapid change for New York City.
    The city's population was ballooning as an influx of immigrants passed through Ellis Island. Massive skyscrapers began popping up seemingly overnight, many of them among the tallest in the world at the time. And new technology such as automobiles and elevated trains made the city more accessible than ever.
    In 1911, Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern produced a nine-minute film showing everyday life in Manhattan. The remarkably clear footage, released by the Museum of Modern Art last year, includes recognizable modern-day landmarks like the Flatiron Building and the Statue of Liberty, as well as buildings that no longer exist, such as the New York Herald Building.
    "Produced only three years before the outbreak of World War I, the everyday life of the city recorded here - street traffic, people going about their business - has a casual, almost pastoral quality,"
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    New York City 1896-1901

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
      Superb quality film

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aohXOpKtns0

      The early 1900s were a period of rapid change for New York City.
      The city's population was ballooning as an influx of immigrants passed through Ellis Island. Massive skyscrapers began popping up seemingly overnight, many of them among the tallest in the world at the time. And new technology such as automobiles and elevated trains made the city more accessible than ever.
      In 1911, Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern produced a nine-minute film showing everyday life in Manhattan. The remarkably clear footage, released by the Museum of Modern Art last year, includes recognizable modern-day landmarks like the Flatiron Building and the Statue of Liberty, as well as buildings that no longer exist, such as the New York Herald Building.
      "Produced only three years before the outbreak of World War I, the everyday life of the city recorded here - street traffic, people going about their business - has a casual, almost pastoral quality,"
      Wow! This is amazing.
      One of the cool things, to me, is the visible license plates of a couple of cars. Image someone tracking them in the records and seeing their ancestors running down the streets of NY of that time.
      /Fred
      "Every fact and every work exercises a fresh persuasion over every age and every new species of man. History always enunciates new truths."

      -Friedrich Nietzsche

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        One of the cool things, to me, is the visible license plates of a couple of cars
        Image someone tracking them in the records and seeing their ancestors running down the streets of NY of that time.

        -Fred Kack-

        That would be a heck of a project if we had time, Fred....cool thought.
        I liked the black chauffeur driving that crew around ( steering wheel on right hand side...European auto)....he was stylin' !
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          Out for a ride....


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
            One of the cool things, to me, is the visible license plates of a couple of cars
            Image someone tracking them in the records and seeing their ancestors running down the streets of NY of that time.

            -Fred Kack-

            That would be a heck of a project if we had time, Fred....cool thought.
            I liked the black chauffeur driving that crew around ( steering wheel on right hand side...European auto)....he was stylin' !
            Back in those days many American cars had right hand drive.

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            • #7
              Live and learn, Phil......thanks for that. First I heard of that.
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                It's been a few years since I posted this thread and Fred Kack said :


                Wow! This is amazing.
                One of the cool things, to me, is the visible license plates of a couple of cars.
                Imagine someone tracking them in the records and seeing their ancestors running down the streets of NY of that time.


                Someone did. He posted a video on You Tube recently and gave their names.

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