Lily Bart’s New York in Films, 1896-1905

A few links that let you see the New York of Lily Bart in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, with a few additional links just because they’re interesting.  I’ll keep adding to this post as I find more.   Several of the individual films are available on DVD from such collections as Treasures from the American Film Archives.

  1. Visual Tour of New York 1896-1901, with added street sounds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr7kRYO29n4

The “Visual Tour” has an extended sequence of a man with a snow shovel, possibly looking for work in a way reminiscent of what Hurstwood saw in Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.

2. Oldest Footage of New York with maps of today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQR-HKzESsM

3. This Was New York has Hester Street, Ellis Island, and other locations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A77jLNQ92I

4. via Irene Gammel @MLC_Research on Twitter: Audio recording of a dinner party in London, October 5, 1888, addressed to Thomas Edison:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebDdwcsrB4U&feature=youtu.be

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