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Old 03-19-2017, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Driving Around New York City in 1928

This could be more fun than a roller coaster, and scarier than the spook house.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkqz3lpUBp0
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:24 PM   #2
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Isn't that Buster Keaton driving and Babe Ruth going to Yankee Stadium?
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Yes, that is Buster and Babe. And some really nice cars, like the Pierce Arrow at the start.
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:41 PM   #4
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Yes, that is Buster and Babe. And some really nice cars, like the Pierce Arrow at the start.
The Babe yes, but I don't think it's Buster.........
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sorry, I think I meant Harold Lloyd !
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Great Video. It reminds me of my Mother In Law's driving! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:11 PM   #7
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sorry, I think I meant Harold Lloyd !
I believe it's Lloyd also.
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Yes, my mistake, but harold does look a bit like buster.'
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Did you notice the driver and conductor on the tram at the 4.20 minute mark? When the tram hits the bridge pillar, the driver goes out the front and the conductor is sandwiched between the pillar and the front of the tram. OUCH!
Wonder what happened tot he horses.
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Did you notice the driver and conductor on the tram at the 4.20 minute mark? When the tram hits the bridge pillar, the driver goes out the front and the conductor is sandwiched between the pillar and the front of the tram. OUCH!
Wonder what happened tot he horses.
I think the conductor was a mannequin. Notice through all the ride, not once did that person hold on to anything?
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Yeah neat to see the Babe......
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Harold Lloyd did all his own stunts.
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That video has some scary stuff!! Glad it wasn't my equipment!!
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Harold Lloyd did all his own stunts.
No, he didn't.

Keaton did though. All but one in his career in the teens and 20's. He couldn't master how to do the pole vault, had to hire a real pole vaulter for the shot. He also did uncredited stunts for friends, often pissing L.B. Mayer when he was working at MGM.

I'm a big BK fan, my son is named Keaton. I was really hoping that BK was going to pop up in some rare footage when I saw this clip. Still cool to see Ruth though. The last section was shot in L.A./Hollywood. They don't have palm trees in NYC.
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Harold Lloyd must have driven my car at some time that would explain why the steering is so sloppy and the brakes wore still in good shape... he never used them

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Yes . . . In Northern New Jersey and Metro New York City, year 1928 is unofficially known now by the locals as the "Pre King Kong" era. That was when the Woolworth Building was one of or thee' tallest skyscrapers on Manhattan Island.
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don't most cities now regret that they tore up, or paved over, streetcar rails?
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don't most cities now regret that they tore up, or paved over, streetcar rails?
St Louis is re-establishing street cars, they will have three operating in a few months and like metro-link, the street cars will expand back out from there.
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The Twin Cities is putting in metro trains, but not the individual street cars. I can still remember riding the street cars in Rochester NY when I was 6 years old, and what a neat ride it was.

In 1968 I rode the street cars in El Paso for a dime, but I'd bet they are gone now too.
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Bumping for 25,000!
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