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New York of Today1910

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During the nickelodeon era, various film companies made short films showing tourist scenes of New York City. When a French company released SEEING NEW YORK in 1908, Variety found it "rather odd" that such pictures were not made by the "many native manufacturers eager for new subjects." Such films, it felt, would be very popular, at least outside New York City. This print was made for the German market and shows Columbus Circle, Times Square, Coney Island, Wall Street, the Lower East Side, Fifth Avenue, the Plaza Hotel, the new Metropolitan Life Insurance Building and the Flatiron Building. A happy couple, clearly tourists, is "Seeing New York" and they (or their sightseeing car) appears in most (though not all) of these scenes. This film was not part of Edison's regular U.S. release schedule but was meant principally for sales overseas. Europe, particularly Great Britain and Germany, had become a crucial market for the Edison Manufacturing Company.

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Really lovely images of the real New York before the pod people of today saw fit to destroy its history. Thankfully preserved by MoMA and Fandor!

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Really lovely images of the real New York before the pod people of today saw fit to destroy its history. Thankfully preserved by MoMA and Fandor!

2 members like this review

Really sobering to see how much changes within the span of a century.

enjoyed it very much

would like to see more of this sort..! just look at what the photo medium can bring to you and i ! brings diversity to FANDOR !

Great time piece.

The city shots are fascinating, the crowds, the cars the trolleys, etc. All the men in hats, only a few women in the street. The Luna Park sequences were over done, and using the same actor and actress in many shots diminished the impact, as if the director couldn't trust the material. They also appeared in the Ghetto sequence, a mistake and another distraction. That being said though it is a worthwhile viewing.

What an amazing portrait of New York from over 100 years ago! Astonishing.

A great way to see parts of NYC that are long gone......

It was very cool to see sights in New york City that I knew from when I lived there in 1989-97.