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NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: RE:up
Date: February 22, 2021 10:13AM
Video from a drive through the city. Colorized and enhanced, about 5 minutes.

Pedestrians in the streets
Horse drawn delivery
Taxi cabs

[www.youtube.com]
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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: February 22, 2021 10:21AM
I love these. Anyone notice what's missing from those same scenes today? (Probably a variety of things, but one glaring omission to me.)



Hurts like a bastid...



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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: February 22, 2021 10:54AM
No one's on their phone? Haha.

Almost no yellow or white lines in the street? Crosswalks?
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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: SurfMacJpMtb
Date: February 22, 2021 11:20AM
No traffic signals / stop lights



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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: February 22, 2021 11:25AM
Oh!! How did I not notice that was weird!
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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: February 22, 2021 11:27AM
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RecipeForDisaster
No one's on their phone? Haha.

Almost no yellow or white lines in the street? Crosswalks?

Yes! I did see some traffic signals, but nothing like now.



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 22, 2021 11:45AM
jaywalking was a sport.





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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 22, 2021 12:35PM
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SurfMacJpMtb
No traffic signals / stop lights

That was my first observation, but on more careful inspection I did see them. They're on posts on some corners and only have two lights (Red/Green). Some of those still remained when I was growing up in NYC in the late 50's/early 60's.
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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: hal
Date: February 22, 2021 02:27PM
Interesting that it doesn't look all that much different from the 1906 San Francisco video going down Market Street. The vehicles are different,, but it still looks like the same kind of free for all.

(also enhanced and colorized) [www.youtube.com]

also, here's a great video of Paris in the 1890s with artificial color and sound - some great street scenes. [www.youtube.com]



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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: d4
Date: February 22, 2021 02:45PM
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mrbigstuff
I love these. Anyone notice what's missing from those same scenes today? (Probably a variety of things, but one glaring omission to me.)

Minorities?



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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: tenders
Date: February 22, 2021 06:19PM
Those cars are wonderful. Imagine the amount of maintenance those carburetors, points, and condensers must have required! And what is that vehicle pulling up at 2:23? Amazing grille.
[youtu.be]

And where are the potholes? The streets look suspiciously smooth, I wonder if they were retouched.



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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: Rolando
Date: February 22, 2021 07:50PM
A quick history of road traffic rules, and why everyone was in the road in old films
[www.youtube.com]



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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 23, 2021 07:44AM
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mrbigstuff
I love these. Anyone notice what's missing from those same scenes today? (Probably a variety of things, but one glaring omission to me.)

Bicycles.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: February 23, 2021 10:10AM
1) Midtown Manhattan is not New York City
2) people are crossing mid-block or against the light
3) bike-riding still equals death in that neighborhood
4) more horses elsewhere in NYC
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Re: NY traffic in the 40's
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 23, 2021 01:42PM
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tenders
And where are the potholes? The streets look suspiciously smooth, I wonder if they were retouched.

They also look very clean, no accumulation of litter at the curbs. Of course most of the common fast food/beverage litter hadn't been invented yet.
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