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.
- Visual Tour of New York 1896-1901, with added street sounds:
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:
3. This Was New York has Hester Street, Ellis Island, and other locations:
4. via Irene Gammel @MLC_Research on Twitter: Audio recording of a dinner party in London, October 5, 1888, addressed to Thomas Edison: