Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Vintage NYC Films

The Prelinger Archives are something special. In addition to dozens of bizarre educational films from the mid-twentieth century, they've also got some great vintage films about New York City.

Go "Around the World" in the 1940s and never leave New York, aka "Baghdad on the subway"--from the Jewish Lower East Side to a Puerto Rican neighborhood to an Italian bocce court and kitchen, it's quite a trip.

Hop on the Third Avenue El in the 1950s:

Then fast forward to the 1960s and spend a Sunday in Greenwich Village:

See the whole list of films here.


Anonymous said...

Oh! That one of the third ave el in the 50's is just incredible!

cookievf said...

Agree.. the subway car ITSELF was great, the ornate streetlamps, horse-drawn wagons.. even Horn & Hardart's! And the people! Thanks, Jeremiah. Back to watch the others. ~ Vicki