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Real Old Movies

by Pat Arnow

A fascinating four-minute film from the Thomas Edison Company in 1903 shows the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge. You can see tenements, press guys in bowlers lugging big cameras, dignitaries in top hats. Other films from the same era show a subway ride from 14th to 42nd Street. These little films are among the curiosities on a website about the New York City subway. It's a lovely site created and maintained as a hobby by subway admirer David Pirmann

You can see the films via the web page, "The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 The films are presented courtesy of the Library of Congress.


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