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03-31-2020, 02:49 PM - 6 Likes   #1
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Pretty neat colorization of old film footage - New York 1911

See Youtube video:


So few cars!

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Thanks for finding and sharing,
Interesting stuff, not sure the added color adds much value,
That original film stock not doing well for flesh tones, and all the skin colors look quite dark. And it carries through in the colorization. Think some more effort could be done to try and tone down the contrast, so you see into shadows a bit more, there may not be that much to get out of that old footage though.

Watching the horse drawn carts getting off the ferry boat, imagining what the "car" deck on that ferry must have been like in the hot summer.

Was odd to realize those one legged men in a couple of the shots were likely Civil War vets.
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Real cool Mark, thanks for sharing

It's a neat wee look into the past.
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Was odd to realize those one legged men in a couple of the shots were likely Civil War vets.
Thank you for commenting. And yes, I too noticed how many amputees there was.

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Real cool Mark, thanks for sharing

It's a neat wee look into the past.
Thanks Robert. A friend of mine who's into film restoration found it and sent me the link. He says they use clever software to change old film stock to 60fps. Obviously, they need to extrapolate and add a hell of a lot of frames!
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QuoteOriginally posted by MarkJerling Quote
Thanks Robert. A friend of mine who's into film restoration found it and sent me the link. He says they use clever software to change old film stock to 60fps. Obviously, they need to extrapolate and add a hell of a lot of frames!
Actually, "interpolate" rather than "extrapolate", which is good as interpolation is a more stable process.
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I remember my grandfather having hand tinted photos but this is fantastic, thanks for sharing.
The footage and filming is very well done for the time and the restoration is just subtle enough to bring the feeling of the era.
Watching it made me feel like a kid wondering what it would be like in a big city.
And I just loved that kid who made sure he was going to be in the shot
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the world was different 100 years ago. We're all concerned these days about the people of New York

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Thanks, fine piece of social history.
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Really neat footage, I hope more film restoration will take place as the technology puts this ability within reach of hobbyists. I assume that the technical work Peter Jackson did with his very successful documentary "They Shall not Grow Old " has added some impetus in this area.

I grew up when black and white films and television shows were still commonly broadcast on TV, and I appreciate what lengths filmmakers had to go to make good images for BW. That said, I think many people today do feel that "The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there" and silent, jerky images in BW don't register as having a connection to the world we live in today. Colorization does make the past a human place. I'm not much for colorization of classic films, but for documentary work I think it is a fine idea. THe additon of sounmd via Foley artists or their synthetic patches, really adds a lot to the immersive experience of this footage.

Though the youngest veterans of the American Civil war would have been in their 60's by 1911, it is possible that some amputees in the film, are veterans, and other just survivors of any number of illnesses or work-related traumas.

All those carts were also a reason that NYC, and Boston, among other US cities, were so keen to build subways. The book "The Race Underground" details the efforts necessary to do so, very well written book.

I'm not sure just how few bridges connected Manhattan to NYC in 1911, but all the ferry traffic must have made for a busy waterfront. I've read that at times the rivers around the island would freeze and sleighs would be used in lieu of boats.

NYC, is to many Americans, The City, despite being so nice they named it twice, everyone know which City is being refereed to even when it isn't named.
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Yes, and many of them have engines that go, “Clip, clop, clip, clip . . . . . “

Also notice the lack of fat people.

Oh, and not a single stoopit phon. How did they ever get by?
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