Thanks to the Fox Movietone sound-on-film technology, we have documentary views of many strange and interesting habitats with the actual sound captured as well. England, India, the Midwest, Long Beach California–all are pictured in the late 20s/early 30s and are available on Youtube. (By the way, my son just pointed out to me that Wikipedia has its own Wikipedia page. Does that mean that Youtube has its own Youtube channel?) I’ve posted quite a few of these, mostly ones shot in New York City because, frankly, that’s mostly what I give a damn about. The above is terrific. It’s daytime views of Times Square from 1929 and nighttime views of the same streets shot in 1931. The ridiculous car horns are wonderful and people really did have a lot of faith in drivers, as they constantly seem to take their lives in their hands dodging cars and the electric trolley cars that roamed the city…


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