Historic Videos Of Transportation in New York City Circa 1900′s
First off all of these videos are all short, lasting about a minute. They take you back to a time when everything was slower. Not only in the modes of transportation but also life in general. That is not to say this period in history was easier, far from it, as today we have luxuries most of these people would be amazed at and we take for granted today.
This first film was shot by the Edison Manufacturing Co. on Sept. 22, 1899. It shows the trolley that took you across the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge did for NYC what the Erie Canal did for New York State. Connecting commerce and people easily via easy access for that period. It’s hard to imagine this video is over 110 years old. Of course Manhattan is actually an island and all the connecting bridges help grow the city into unarguably the best city in the world. The Edison Manufacturing Co. changed it’s name in the years to come and became the General Electric Company. Here is the video of the trolley ride.
This second video depicts The New York Auto Show (now the New York International Auto Show) began in Madison Square Garden in the 19th century as ”The Bicycle and Automobile Show.” It remains one of New York’s longest running shows. This film again by Edison was filmed in Feb. 6, 1900. There were not many cars available when this film was shot. Many of the cars at the show were electric or steam powered. Gas fueled vehicles would have to wait until 1901 when new oil fields in Texas would make liquid fuel affordable.
This next film is a gem, it was again taken in 1900, not sure of the exact date, but it shows you the major forms of transportation that was available at the time. Horse and buggy, Trolley again and of pedestrians. This film also depicts the fashion of the time and is quite funny at the end as you will see what happens to the woman walking with her beau.
This final video was shot a few years later in 1902, It was taken in Central Park, by again the Edison Company showing yet another from of transportation that was popular in the day. We hope you enjoyed a bit of history from New York City and the film makers work to bring us these.
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