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View of Herald Square in New York City

Early motion picture of Herald Square, in New York City. A couple of uniformed policemen direct traffic. Many pedestrians on the sidewalks. Several electric trolley cars drive about and a horse-drawn trolley is also seen. Filmed by Edison Company May 11, 1896, in New York City.

Date: 1896, May 11
Duration: 12 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Members of a civil organization parade on horseback, followed by a uniformed brass band, in New York City.

Several members of an organization parade on horseback on a street in New York City. They wear sashes displaying a small emblem, and are followed by a large uniformed brass band. Spectators line the sidewalks to watch. (Probably created by Edison Company cinematographers when they photographed many New York City scenes with a portable camera, in 1896)

Date: 1896
Duration: 15 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
New York City mounted police on horse back stage a charge in formation

A large contingent of New York City mounted police riding in formation, in Central Park, charge and stop only a few yards from the camera, where they linger and can be seen closeup. A horse carriage driving in the Park has to pull to the right edge of the path, to avoid them, as they ride past, 8 abreast. (Edison Company, 1896)

Date: 1896, October
Duration: 27 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
View of New Black Diamond Express running on Lehigh Valley Railroad in Pennsylvania, United States

View of railroad workmen working on track for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The new Black Diamond Express railroad train from New York City, through Pennsylvanis, to Buffalo, New York. Locomotive seen emitting smoke and rounding a curve at a distance. Workers move off the track as train comes. Work crew supervisor waves two large white kerchiefs as the train approaches and passes. Trainman on board waves back with a kerchief.

Date: 1896
Duration: 59 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Scenes of New York City buildings in 1939, and of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair

From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.

Date: 1939
Duration: 4 min 9 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Contrast between the lifestyle of hectic workdays and quiet Sundays in New York City in the late 1940's after World War 2.

"City Pastorale" shows citizens of New York hurrying about their business during workday on a street in New York City. Vehicular traffic and pedestrians. People riding on the subway. Views of workaday foot traffic along New York sidewalk. Macy's department store. Racks of clothes being wheeled along the streets and sidewalks. Scenes of New Yorkers in hectic activity. In contrast, are shown peaceful scenic views of New York City. Penthouse gardens. Clothes drying on a rooftop line. People entering a number of different churches in Manhattan, New York. A woman in a garden. A man and a boy sit and read newspapers in the garden. The young boy looks at the "funny papers" (comic strips). A man walks with a child on a sidewalk. Cars parked. People chatting on the sidewalk of a New York city street. The Chrysler Building and nearby skyscrapers. People taking pictures with handheld cameras at a playground. Families with babies. Children playing in a park. Quiet streets. Car drives beneath an elevated train. Men walk on a ramp. People relax on beaches. Older women gathered together on the beach talking, while boys play in the sand at the edge of the surf. A huge crowd seated in a baseball stadium and watching a game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, including a shot of Giants pitcher, #36 ( Mickey McGowan ?), throwing from the mound and, in another scene, Giants #23 (Clint Hartung ?) batting and striking out. Views of the fans watching the baseball game, including some men in suits and boys sitting together in the bleachers watching the game and eating ice cream on a stick. Visitors stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Date: 1948
Duration: 6 min 2 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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