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In the Grip of the Blizzard (1899)

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"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, ... See full summary »

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"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, and was swept in almost a complete circle, showing the tremendous drifts of snow and the blockade at 'Dead Man's Curve' in Fourteenth Street. This picture was taken during the busiest time of the day, and shows to what extent New York City was tied up by this tremendous fall of snow." Written by AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)

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Nostalgia in Union Square
11 April 2011 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

The snow falls and the camera pans counter-clockwise in Manhattan's Union Square in this interesting short film, preserved on the Image Entertainment DVD: "Unseen Cinema Vol. 5", a tribute to NYC.

The value of these primitive and brief films from the first decade of the art form is capturing historical scenes still of interest over a century later. The movie company's offices were located on Union Square, and here's a chance to see an entirely different look than most people now alive can remember: horse-drawn carriages and trolleys traveling along the snowscape above 14th St.

A worthwhile example from a previous era.


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