Friday, July 30, 2010

Vintage Views: New York City, 1928

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From London in 1903 and then San Francisco in 1905, we leap ahead two decades to America’s largest metropolis in the year before the Great Depression clobbered the world.

It’s interesting to see that getting around the city was no more sane or simple back then than it is today. And no, you aren’t imagining things: This clip not only features silent-film actor Harold Lloyd as the less-than-gifted, bespectacled cab driver, but also the then 33-year-old “Sultan of Swat,” George Herman “Babe” Ruth, as his second “unfortunate customer.”

Join me for our next historical adventure, when we’ll sail across the Atlantic Ocean to visit enchanting and considerably less hectic Barcelona, Spain, early in the 20th century.

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