This incredible street film titled What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City, 1901 was captured by none other than Thomas A. Edison on August 21st, 1901. From the Library of Congress:
"The scene as suggested by the title is made on 23d Street, New York City. In front of one of the large newspaper offices on that thoroughfare is a hot air shaft through which immense volumes of air is forced by means of a blower. Ladies crossing these shafts often have their clothes slightly disarranged, (it may be said much to their discomfiture). As our picture was being made a young man escorting a young lady, to whom he was talking very earnestly, comes into view and walks slowly along until they stand directly over the air shaft. The young lady's skirts are suddenly raised to, you might say an almost unreasonable height, greatly to her horror and much to the amusement of the newsboys, bootblacks and passersby. 50 ft."--Edison films catalog.
Originally published on April 11th, 2019
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