Whoa! Driving in N.Y., 1928

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View forward from Harold Lloyd’s taxicab, carrying Babe Ruth, circa 1928.

This video is a riot, even though I’m sure “Driving Around NYC – 1928” was mostly if not all staged. Still wild and crazy stuff, including Harold Lloyd taking Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium. Anybody know who, just before that, is the businessman taking a ride in Lloyd’s taxi as it is being chased by an angry copper? The horse-drawn carriage scene shows the best historic Manhattan buildings. Again, I am assuming all of this is staged, but clips of traffic being staged doesn’t mean it wasn’t dangerous, or realistic. Real driving around the city was dangerous. This is not stop-action photography, after all. (Is it?)

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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One Response to Whoa! Driving in N.Y., 1928

  1. Martha McDonald says:

    I love this one.

    Martha McDonald, Editor Traditional Building magazine http://www.traditionalbuilding.com

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