Rare Footage: A Trip Through New York City In 1911

Posted by on April 10, 2018 2:11 am
Categories: Column 2

Old film of New York City taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America in the year 1911. Print has survived in mint condition. Slowed down to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance.

 

 

25 responses to Rare Footage: A Trip Through New York City In 1911

  1. JR April 9th, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Great film quality considering the age. Notice very few overweight people in this footage. Wonder if the 1-legged man was a Civil War vet.

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    • Chris McIntosh April 9th, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      I was wondering that myself. If he wasn’t a Civil War Veteran maybe he was a Veteran of the Spanish-American War.

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    • Donald Welch April 9th, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      great observation concerning weight. i didn’t pick that up.

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    • kimtomg April 10th, 2018 at 9:02 am

      Ha I noticed same thing (half way thru).
      I expect people (women) didn’t care to step thru the horse droppings!

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    • Dean April 10th, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      I totally wondered about that too. He’d be in his 70’s if that was the case. He looked about 70.

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  2. JM April 9th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    VERY interesting. People seem tall, all well-dressed and proceeding at a leisurely pace. Horse to automobile ratio is easily 4 to 1. A town so nice, they named it twice.

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  3. Tex April 9th, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Kane. Thanks. A real treat in 2018. The pace of life seemed slower. Men in the ‘straw boater’ hats, ties. Women well dressed. Remarkable film.

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  4. MTK April 9th, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Love the quality and the added street sounds brought it more to life.

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  5. nuthinmuffin April 9th, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    great stuff, my grandparents weren’t even 10 years old then

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  6. TotoPayneDiaz April 9th, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    How many photobombers do you spot?

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  7. TotoPayneDiaz April 9th, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Curiosity and delight when an unexpected camera is spotted. Follow those who remain in frame.

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  8. Michael T April 9th, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Great print. Almost everybody well and neatly dressed. Notice everyone male and female wearing a hat or cap. Still lots of horses. Over 200,000 horses in 1900; probably only somewhat less in 1911 with each horse dropping 25 pounds of dung daily. Do the math to see what a major job it was to keep the streets clean.

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  9. Berzrkr50 April 9th, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Hey, I didn’t see Vito Corleone anywhere!

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    • No_SoY_gOy April 19th, 2018 at 2:38 am

      I think I saw Paul Warburg (at 5:42) walking from right to left, with a cane.

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  10. C April 10th, 2018 at 12:32 am

    An America before the stinking Federal Reserve.

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  11. OhNoYouDidnt April 10th, 2018 at 1:47 am

    I didn’t see any trash blowing around, amazingly clean. Thanks so much for posting this!

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    • Tom April 10th, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      And no hordes of homeless!

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  12. Indignus civis April 10th, 2018 at 7:44 am

    The word “civilized” came to mind. Very relaxing.

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  13. Tim April 10th, 2018 at 9:28 am

    No fast food. Woman at 2:57 is beautiful….

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  14. Tom April 10th, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    @3:03 there’s the Flatiron Building. I remodeled a law office for a friend across the street from that bldg in 1982, and it still looked exactly the same as in 1911. So much of the American urban landscape is new that we rarely see “old” architecture, nor do we have any expectation that anything built today will still be there in a century.

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  15. Leta April 10th, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Men outnumbered women. The streets seemed very spacious. Everyone appeared clean and well dressed and THIN. I did not know the elevated trains were in use that early in the 20th century.

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  16. August April 10th, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Everyone in the film has passed away….

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  17. Jason April 12th, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I noticed everyone including the labourers had nice polished shoes on, then the classic shoe shine boys and it all made sense. Everybody in that film looks healthy and happy too. Thanks it was nice to see NY civilized

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  18. Bryan McLeod April 15th, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Y’all are all, right.
    Only 40 some years after America Survived
    the Civil War.
    Before IRS, Surveillance State, and Communism.
    Back when America was becoming Great!
    If not for President Trump, she would surely have triggered America’s harshest second test.
    I Thank the Lord every day, that she Lost.
    Several times a day!!

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    • Bryan McLeod April 15th, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Oh yea, and All the Immigrants were Legal, and Proud to be American Citizens.
      Back when Nothing was Handed to them. But they could be Free.
      To Work, Worship, and Persue Happiness, thanks to the Constitution.
      God Bless the U.S.A!!

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