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This Film Of A 1911 New York City Was Recently Colorized, And It’s Stunning

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

This Film Of A 1911 New York City Was Recently Colorized, And It’s Stunning

If you feel like traveling back in NYC’s history, we found the perfect time machine.

An incredible silent film of New York City that depicts city life in 1911—originally created by a team from the Swedish production company Svenska Biografteatern only a few years before World War I—has been colorized by a YouTube video creator, and it is pure magic!

The video features shots of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, the Flatiron Building, railways at Bowery and Worth Streets, Madison Avenue, and various other sights and statues around the city.

Check out the video below where Denis Shiryaev boosted the frame rate, image resolution, video sharpness, and colorized it (along with sound effects)! It is now in 4K quality, which he was able to accomplish with the help of artificial intelligence according to The Daily Mail.

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It truly makes it feel like you’re seeing that time period in color for the first time (though he did note that the “colorization [is] made only for the ambiance and do not represent real historical data”). Still quite stunning.

featured image source: Video still

See also: Watch An Incredible Side-By-Side Comparison Of NYC 80 Years Apart