BURBANK DRAG

The Youtube film/video artist named NASS has worked his magic on–get this–Burbank CA. in the 1940s! I’ve posted Nass’s extraordinary videos before–he/she/they specializes in taking old documentary footage of cities and colorizing them, stabilizing and bumping frame rates and adding ambient sound to give you a sense of actually been within the footage as opposed to viewing it from remove. Take a look at Burbank in all its post-war glory. This landscape–the clean streets, sunshine, cozy houses and calm dullness–is why in the post-war years middle-class easterners fled the confines of Queens and Brooklyn (and many other Eastern cities) for the boring, predictable but utterly serene San Fernando Valley. Apparently Johnny Carson felt the same way (see previous post)…

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