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Blast From the Past: High Quality Color Footage of New York City in the 1930s

Color film first burst onto the scene in 1935 when Kodak introduced the world to Kodachrome, and the first of this film that was available to the public was the 16mm variety for home movies. Later, Kodak introduced similar 8mm and 35mm film for home movies and photography, respectively, but it was the 16mm film that had finally offered consumers the ability to easily capture their world in color for the very first time.

The above video is a rare clip released by the Romano Archives that shows what French tourist Jean Vivier was able to capture using the 16mm film all the way back in 1939, when he came to visit the Big Apple.

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There are actually quite a few 16mm and 8mm color film reels from 1939 in New York City, most of them covering the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. The Fair was a huge event that covered a massive 1,216 acres in total and gave attendees a look at “the world of tomorrow,” making it all that much more appropriate that it was covered in color.

What makes this particular video special — besides the fact that it doesn’t busy itself with the fair but rather the standard sight-seeing temptations of a tourist visiting New York at that time — is that it is in such phenomenal condition.

From the Empire State Building to the Rockefeller Center, check out the video at the top and catch a rare high-quality (and, supposedly, high definition) glimpse of New York City in the summer of 1939.


 
 
  • jay

    No cell phones :)

  • Viso

    wow nobody objects to being recorded on camera, they don’t even look at the camera like they do today!

  • Muhammad Malik

    my god.. do my eyes deceive me?? there are kids playing OUTSIDE! OoO!! I haven’t seen that since the 90′s!

  • Theresa Z.

    Either have I. *^_^*

  • Anatole

    wow! 5 cents for a pina colada!

  • posesawkwardly

    They don’t have to worry about it being posted online! :P

  • Serge BROMBERG

    CES
    IMAGES SONT VOLEES

    Les
    images que vous venez de voir sont de médiocres piratages de DVDs publiés par LOBSTER
    FILMS, qui a exhumé ces films d’amateurs chez Eric Vivié en 2004, et les a
    patiemment restaurées. Romano Archives n’a jamais découvert ces images, et agit
    ici comme un simple pirate.

    Ce
    qui prouve qu’il ne fat pas croire tout ce que l’on dit. Mais aussi que ces
    images sont merveilleuses, qu’elles sont disponibles en exclusivités chez nous,
    et que d’autres peuvent même êtres vues sur notre chaine Youtube Lobster (Alger
    et Tunis en couleurs en 1938).

    Profitez
    en bien.

    Serge BROMBERG

  • Guillaume Vinh San

    CES IMAGES SONT VOLEES

    Les images que vous venez de voir sont de médiocres piratages de DVDs publiés par LOBSTER FILMS, qui a exhumé ces films d’amateurs chez Eric Vivié en 2004, et les a patiemment restaurées. Romano Archives n’a jamais découvert ces images, et agit ici comme un simple pirate.

    Ce qui prouve qu’il ne fat pas croire tout ce que l’on dit. Mais aussi que ces images sont merveilleuses, qu’elles sont disponibles en exclusivités chez nous, et que d’autres peuvent même êtres vues sur notre chaine Youtube Lobster (Alger et Tunis en couleurs en 1938).

    Profitez en bien.

    [email protected]