Looking for early footage of cities from the beginning of the 20th century (but as late as the 1940s)
November 5, 2010 1:17 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for early movie footage of cities, the kind where someone just set up a movie camera on a street corner and recorded people walking around. Preferably from as early in the 20th century as possible.
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I'm looking for footage of cities from the 1940s or earlier--preferably earlier and as close to the turn of the century as possible--and mostly focused on street scenes. You know, the kind of footage where downtown New York is full of horse-drawn carriages and the occasional streetcar.
I'm interested mainly in big cities, but other than that it doesn't matter: Rome, London, New York, Berlin, wherever. It also doesn't have to be shot by a professional. Home movies are interesting to me as long as they're of people out in the city and of buildings, and not of the family barbecuing in the backyard.
If you know of somewhere online where there's a large catalog of this stuff, but you don't feel like digging through it yourself, I'd be grateful for those sorts of links as well. Thanks for your time!