New York City in color in 1939 courtesy of Romano Archives. A wonderful amateur film shot by French visitor Jean Vivier has recently been discovered. Vivier rode down Fifth Avenue on a doubledecker bus, visited Chinatown, 30 Rock, Harlem, Washington Square, and a lot of places I hope native New Yorkers will point out in the comments. I love when something like this is discovered that helps genealogists see what a certain place and time looked like.
According to HuffPo:
Remember when you could sip on a glass of coconut champagne at an open-air sidewalk bar in New York City — and it only cost 5 cents?
Neither do we, but we bet it was epic.
The recently released footage, which was shot on 16mm Kodachrome film according to Italian archivist Vincent Romano, shows men hanging their arms out the open windows of elevated trains, street vendors hawking potatoes in wooden crates for 2 cents per pound and women relaxing in lounge chairs on the deck of Rockefeller Center.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Romano said the footage is part of a longer film shot by Jean Vivier, a French tourist who sailed from Marseille to New York on the SS Normandie.
Abut Vincent Romano and the Romano Archives:
Musician, writer, historian, researcher, Italian pioneer of the digitalization of historical multimedial [sic] material, Vincent “Enzo” Romano assembles, from 1990 up to today, the most complete Italian private digital archive related to the American History, from the end of XIX Century to 1970, and other “different” Collections regarding European historical events.
In October 2005, through the Project “ROMANO-ARCHIVES Special Collections Department”, Vincent Romano keeps distributing on line for the first time digital copies of historical documents belonging to some important Collections, taking the challenge to make even the most hidden and controversial documents regarding the Contemporary History easily findable and available, in a way capable to rise a wide range of interest and curiosity in the international public of the Web.
Does New York City in color in 1939 remind you of your relatives?