Amazing Amateur Movie of New York City in Color Circa 1945

Vintage stock footage firm Periscope Films recently published this "re-discovered" home movie from the mid 1940's that features an amazing look at New York City during World War II. And as a bonus, the movie is shot entirely in color, something relatively rare for amateur footage filmed in this era. Periscope notes that although portions of the film may date back to 1938, most of it was shot between 1944 and 1945.

Some of the highlights include rare color footage of Times Square at night, New York harbor bustling with Liberty and Victory Ship traffic, Wall Street draped with patriotic flags, shots of the cityscape and pedestrians, trolley cars and double decker buses, and much more. [...] The film also includes a Rockettes show at Radio City Music Hall, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a visit to the grave of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Hyde Park, New York.

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