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Remembering When New York Counted on Horse-Drawn Fire Brigades

On most Fridays, New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick is concerned with the merits of Hollywood’s latest releases or the details of a festival like TCM’s annual big-screen tribute to the Golden Age.

Today however, he is reaching back much further, to some of the pre-World War II glimpses that make up British Pathé’s YouTube account. Here for example is a Pathe newsreel from 1936 highlighting some Manhattan footage shot in 1983:

A look at 1922′s version of a mobile phone is even more of a trip. Check out the rest of Lumenick’s super-fun embed trail here.

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