Special Picture # 171 – Possibly oldest film of New York City

Thought I would share this, anyone interested in New York around 1900 will really enjoy it. As I look at it I remember my great grand-aunt Fanny Dinnis, who emigrated from England to New York in 1900. So nice to see what it was like back then.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

A friend recently sent me this attachment in an email. It may be the oldest surviving footage of New York City in the very early 1900’s. I was fascinated because these were scenes that were probably quite common to my Grandfather, Alfred Duryee Guion, and to his father, Alfred Beck Guion. The following are excerpts from THE REMIMISCENSES OF ALFRED D. GUION written in 1960.

          Papa was quite active in Masonic affairs being eminently successful in this as in most other projects that interested him, was generally very popular, a good entertainer and story teller, prominent in the local Episcopal Church of the Ascension where he was a vestryman.

          He worked for a brokerage firm in Wall Street and was quite conscientious, so much so that in years of panic (today we would call it depression) losses of his clients…

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About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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1 Response to Special Picture # 171 – Possibly oldest film of New York City

  1. jaggh53163 says:

    Jackie – Thank you for the re-blog. I hope your followers enjoy it. I found it fascinating.

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