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Friday, April 25, 2008

A Century In Video - 1919

Note: Original clip was removed. I replace it with a Chaplin clip. It's from 1919. It has a car. Close enough.

Of course none of my text makes any sense now.


Here is a 1919 New York City street scene. Traffic was very chaotic.

I can't see any traffic lights in the film, although they were in existence by then.

If you look closely you'll notice that the cars have both right and left hand drive even though everyone drove on the right side of the road.

New York started driving on the right in 1804 but...

Early American motor vehicles were produced in [right hand drive], following the practice established by horse-drawn buggies. This changed in the early years of the 20th century: Ford changed to [left hand drive] production in 1908, and Cadillac in 1916.


Admit it, even if they were slow and a titch drafty, wouldn't it be pretty cool to have just about any of those cars?

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