Sounds of the Lower East Side, Circa 1934 [VIDEO]

Posted on: April 25th, 2018 at 5:15 am by

Back in February, we posted a compelling, decades-old video of life in the Big Apple during 1929. The best part about this original footage was the authentic audio track paired to it.

Now, the video editor behind that clip (alias Guy Jones) has struck again with a new video of Lower East Side living in October of 1934. The unearthed segments, all shot with Movietone sound cameras (proprietary “sound-on-film” recording technology owned by Fox Films), were stitched together for a single six-minute experience that illuminates the daily grind in the slums.

Elevated train; pushcarts galore; kids playing in the streets; workers demolishing old buildings without any protective gear; laundry strung between tenement windows; the works.

The editor noted:

This cameraman used quick cuts and the reel is completely scattered like a puzzle. I tried to piece everything back together to fit where it should be. The last 2 minutes are silent scenes in the reel so I included the 1934 record “A Hundred Years From Today” by Lee Wiley.

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