This is a short film by Don Kelly consisting of footage he shot (on 35mm color film) in the streets of Manhattan in 1943. We see lower Manhattan, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, and Times Square at both night and day, as well as footage he shot on the Third Avenue El when it was still running in Manhattan. (It wasn’t torn down until 1955.) We see double decker buses and trolley cars. Some of the scenery looks the same today (Fifth Avenue and Central Park). Some of it looks very different. The people, of course, look very different today. It’s quite a magical glimpse 70 years back, thanks to the time machine of motion picture film.
The Magic City: Manhattan in 1943 (VIDEO)
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