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Fantastic Forties video
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Ran across this excellent video of New York in the early forties. Actually difficult to count all of the Packards including MANY Packard taxis. https://youtu.be/yHe_d2hUVnA

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas

Posted on: 12/24 19:47
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I didn't see any crosswalks on that street and it seems like maybe they were not needed anyway since pedestrians appeared to cross anywhere they pleased. It's a wonder some didn't get hit the way they would make it to the middle of the street and then stand waiting for cars to pass inches away from them in front and back while others just kept going assuming an approaching car would stop.

Posted on: 12/24 23:10
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Cool footage, Ross - thanks for posting. Packards galore, and a host of other oldies, some of which I recognized, many I did not. And like you say, Howard, 'the crosswalk' would seem to have yet to be invented!! Merry Christmas to all. Chris.

Posted on: 12/25 1:31
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
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I guesttimate the effort to digitalize this movie about as high as two workweeks.

Posted on: 12/25 4:33
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What a great movie of daily life in NYC during the 1940's! How did that '34 Eight convertible victoria parked in front of the brownstones grab you?! Look for it briefly at near the end of the video at 5:21.

Its interesting to see all those '41 Model 1900 Style T1462 New York-type taxis plying the avenues. This is the only place to see them since none survive. The dominance of the DeSoto Skyview and those bizarrely-styled Checker Model A landaulet taxis shows what Packard was getting itself into entering that business.

Among the cars in general was a later '30's Senior sedan headed away from the camera, plus multiple Junior series Packards everywhere throughout. At around four minutes when traffic is stopped for cross traffic, it looks like what might be a '36-'37 120 convertible sedan flashes across. At corner on the left is a rare '39-'40 Graham 'sharknose' combination coupe. There are a number of convertible parked along the sides at various places.

Of the pedestrians crossing willy-nilly and standing on the white line, I'd say they were a good deal more brave and trusting than I would have been or would now!

Steve

Posted on: 12/25 9:29
.....epigram time.....
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Steve, there's a car in the video that piqued my interest and I have no idea what it is. It first appears just after the 2:00 mark, again just after 3:00 and again around 4:00. Odd looking grille, strange headlights... any idea what it is?? Chris.

Posted on: 12/26 0:24
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Steve mentioned them as Checker Model A taxis and they are indeed strange looking.

Posted on: 12/26 0:48
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Ah, I see Brian - thanks. I didn't make the connection, not having a clue what they were! Not something one sees around nowadays, that's for sure. Chris.

Posted on: 12/26 1:51
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The Checkers had a look all their own.....

Posted on: 12/26 8:17
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For a car guy like me watching this video was akin to watching an aquarium. It was very mesmerizing.

Posted on: 1/5 8:21
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