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 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2018 03:32 am
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This is unbelievable footage. Not really a newsreel but not amateur footage either. Definitely pro-shot. It captures the total atmosphere of 1931 New York and Yankee Stadium. Mayor Jimmy Walker, Joe McCarthy, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig in all their glory. Almost 15 minutes of what it would be like to take a time machine back to the thirties.




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That's really some amazing stuff.  My granddad was born in 1904 and owned and operated a bowling alley in North Bergan during the 20's and 30's.  I can't imagine what it must have been like to be a 20 year old guy in the NYC area during the roaring 20's.  He said that one time he had to go to the offices of the Ruppert brewers to pay his bill and wound up sharing an elevator with Babe Ruth, whom he said was there to get his paycheck.  Given prohibition, this had to be at the very end of Ruth's time with the Yankees, not long after this footage. 



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KGB wrote: I can't imagine what it must have been like to be a 20 year old guy in the NYC area during the roaring 20's. 
If I had a time machine, NYC in the 20s would be exactly where I'd like to go.  Of course it would suck.  No modern conveniences including air conditioning, and despite the romanticism of drinking in a speakeasy running the risk of being arrested or poisoned by your own government for no reason.  And most of those slutty flapper girls likely aren't as slutty as Mormon girls are today.  But for a few days, to take in a game at Yankee Stadium in 1927, listen to jazz at all the clubs, ride the elevated train at 6th Avenue, and look up skirts on a windy day in front of the Flatiron Building (what kids really did in place of porn back then), it would be pretty awesome as long as you didn't have to stay long.   

I haven't had time to watch the video yet but definitely will.  Thanks for posting.  I love this type of shit.

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This is terrific, thanks for finding it and sharing!

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srossi wrote: KGB wrote: I can't imagine what it must have been like to be a 20 year old guy in the NYC area during the roaring 20's. 
If I had a time machine, NYC in the 20s would be exactly where I'd like to go.  Of course it would suck.  No modern conveniences including air conditioning, and despite the romanticism of drinking in a speakeasy running the risk of being arrested or poisoned by your own government for no reason.  And most of those slutty flapper girls likely aren't as slutty as Mormon girls are today.  But for a few days, to take in a game at Yankee Stadium in 1927, listen to jazz at all the clubs, ride the elevated train at 6th Avenue, and look up skirts on a windy day in front of the Flatiron Building (what kids really did in place of porn back then), it would be pretty awesome as long as you didn't have to stay long.   

I haven't had time to watch the video yet but definitely will.  Thanks for posting.  I love this type of shit.

I haven't thought seriously about that question, but Roaring 20's NYC (or Chicago for that matter) would be on my short list.  The thing about reading The Great Gatsby that still sticks out to me is how familiar it all is.  Yes, there are things from our century that we notice in their absence, technology mostly, but there's very little in the story that's now anachronistic.  The automobiles and highways, skyscrapers, advertising, swimming pools and mansions, mass transit, etc. are all still with us.  I think we would experience far less culture shock than expected. 
 
And I also think you'd be surprised at how easy it would be to get laid. 



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By this point, the depression was just starting to kick in. Wonder how the crowds looked in 32 and 33.

This is great footage. I noticed that the train stopped with the flag was being raised.

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After this plays it automatically goes to interviews with people in their 80s, 90s, and 100s from 1929, meaning they were born in the 1820s to 1840s.  You're looking at perfect video and audio with some people who were alive at the same time as James Madison.  This is ridiculously fascinating.  An 84-year old woman is talking about only stagecoaches and horses and buggies being around in her day and just on cue a plane flies over head and she says, "That's become such a common thing that people barely go outside to look at it anymore."  I'm going to wind up watching this shit all day if every video is like this.

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I know it. I started watching multiple videos of home construction from that era. Plasterers in particular fascinate me. Most of us could pick up that skill if we did it day in and day out, but it still impresses me how quickly they cover a lathe wall with a perfectly smooth coat. My house was built in 1898 and I often wish I had footage of its construction.



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srossi wrote: After this plays it automatically goes to interviews with people in their 80s, 90s, and 100s from 1929, meaning they were born in the 1820s to 1840s.  You're looking at perfect video and audio with some people who were alive at the same time as James Madison.  This is ridiculously fascinating.  An 84-year old woman is talking about only stagecoaches and horses and buggies being around in her day and just on cue a plane flies over head and she says, "That's become such a common thing that people barely go outside to look at it anymore."  I'm going to wind up watching this shit all day if every video is like this.
It is quite addicting. 



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