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New York: Broadway at Union Square1896

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An 1896 street view of New York shows a metropolis teeming with activity. The camera centers on two police officers directing pedestrians before a constant flow of trolleys (three go by in forty seconds). In the background, we see horse-drawn buggies and buildings under construction. A newsboy wanders into the foreground of the shot and looks at the camera. Life goes on.

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The camera was staged at the perfect location in this short film centered in the heart of a town teeming with promise and opportunity. We notice a trolly carrying folk to and fro while pedestrians, including small children, do their best to stay out of harm's way. An intriguing look at the industrial era through a close examination of real life characters on the street.

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The camera was staged at the perfect location in this short film centered in the heart of a town teeming with promise and opportunity. We notice a trolly carrying folk to and fro while pedestrians, including small children, do their best to stay out of harm's way. An intriguing look at the industrial era through a close examination of real life characters on the street.

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If you love New York, you HAVE to look at this one minute of old footage

Amazing footage

Short, but awesome footage. I try and imagine the colors of the woman's dresses, the mens suits, and the trolley cars.