View Full Version : Vintage Film Clips of New York

December 18th, 2005, 06:50 AM
A collection from the Library of Congress of 45 short films depicting life in New York City from 1898 - 1906.


Click on List the Film Titles (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?ammem/papr:@FIELD(COLLID+newyork)).

A few good ones:

A view from the roof of the new Times Building
#26 (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?papr:26:./temp/~ammem_8PJ8::)

These two films together show a view of the shorline from a boat moving around lower Manhattan from the west side at Fulton St to the Brooklyn Bridge.
#38 (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?papr:38:./temp/~ammem_8PJ8::)
#30 (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?papr:30:./temp/~ammem_8PJ8::)

Excavation site of Penn Station, 1905
#33 (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?papr:33:./temp/~ammem_8PJ8::)

Horse and Carriage on the Harlem River Drive
#32 (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?papr:32:./temp/~ammem_8PJ8::)

Excavation at the site of the new Macy's, 1902
#5 (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?papr:5:./temp/~ammem_8PJ8::)

The best format is MPEG

I could look at these all day.

December 18th, 2005, 09:11 AM
Thanks, Zip ... These are great!

Here's one showing something we're not likely to see again ...

A view of a snow-covered road in Central Park. A variety of horse-drawn sleighs ride by the camera from both directions.



Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16 Dec., 1898; 73462

December 19th, 2005, 01:52 PM
Great link - these are fantastic. Mesmerizing, really.

So much for getting any work done this afternoon.

December 19th, 2005, 03:56 PM
I will be presenting four vintage 16mm newsreels from the 1940's/50's at a private Manhattan showing in February.

The Big Port BW/sound

Manhattan Waterfront BW/Sound

Port of NY Color/Sound

Lion in the Harbor -- a Roy Creveling film (he made a number of films about NY transportation). Color/silent

Program runs about 1 hour.

Send me a PM for more info.

February 27th, 2006, 02:06 AM
How very unfortunate--the link has expired.

February 27th, 2006, 05:24 PM
A video Skycrapers : edison movie sky scrapers of new york city from north river 1903


February 27th, 2006, 07:13 PM
Excellent find, comelade!!

How things have changed in a little over 100 years, eh? Hardly a recognizable structure on the entire vid -- save for one or two warehouse type structures along West St. in Tribeca, a few of the buildings along Park Row, Pier A, Castle Clinton and the Old Customs House at Battery Park.

Makes one wonder what NYC will look like in 2103?????

February 27th, 2006, 07:44 PM
Castle Clinton's got a roof, Brooklyn's got a skyline. Great find, Comelade.