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A 20-minute video taken by the New York Fire Department way back on April 24, 1926, just a short time after mankind had discovered fire, has recently resurfaced on the internet.

Shot by a video camera mounted on the driver’s seat, the film shows what the fire chief saw as he sped to a call on the black and white streets of America’s Big Apple. What most viewers of today are finding interesting is just how congested and unruly the streets were 87 years ago. Clogged with pedestrians, streetcars, automobiles, trucks, and horse-drawn carriages, they would be tough even for a modern-day bike messenger to navigate.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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