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I love watching early film reels and this being in 1911 is no exception. The film speed was corrected and the added sound effects are on point! The 1903 statue in the film depicts the esteemed Swedish-American engineer and inventor John Ericsson (1803–1889), who helped to revolutionize military-maritime technology with his ironclad warship, the Monitor!

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At 2:16 in a man comes by the lens and judging from his age could he possibly be a Civil War veteran?
What do you think?

 
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I love watching early film reels and this being in 1911 is no exception. The film speed was corrected and the added sound effects are on point! The 1903 statue in the film depicts the esteemed Swedish-American engineer and inventor John Ericsson (1803–1889), who helped to revolutionize military-maritime technology with his ironclad warship, the Monitor!

So lets have some fun with it!

At 2:16 in a man comes by the lens and judging from his age could he possibly be a Civil War veteran?
What do you think?

I vote yes. Looks too old to have been an enlisted man in the Spanish-American War (officer maybe), but probably Civil War. Great clip, thanks for posting !
 
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What got me was we always just see still photos but I've never seen a veteran amputee moving about town!
One of my wife's 2nd great-grandfathers (her mother's side) was a Confederate in the 37th Virginia. He lost a leg at Gettysburg. He was one of Dr. Hanger's (inventor of the artificial limb) 1st patients. His artificial leg is visible in this photo of him shortly before his death in 1923.

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/confederate-private-james-monroe-harris-company-d-37th-va-infantry.86224/#post-670273
 
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It certainly could but I'm not sure I'm willing to say it likely was. There would have been plenty of Civil War Vets still around at this time for sure in New York but it's New York. He could have lost that leg in the auld country for all we know (and who knows what that country was) or as others have suggested he may have lost it in an accident stateside. I'd be much more inclined to say likely had it been a smaller little any-town USA rather than a world hub of migration and movement.
 
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Wow, great fine!!! The streets appear cleaner in 1911 (with horses) than in 2018 without horses...
Wow, great fine!!! The streets appear cleaner in 1911 (with horses) than in 2018 without horses...
And the people are dressed so much better! No one went out in public unless dressed "properly" As a child going downtown shopping I was dressed up to go the department stores..remember even traveling on an airplane in the 60's you dressed up like the old train passengers? Something about having pride in your appearance unlike many today. Comfort is nice but deportment seems not to count too much anymore with the general public. And to think they had NO air conditioning back then!!!
 

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I love watching early film reels and this being in 1911 is no exception. The film speed was corrected and the added sound effects are on point! The 1903 statue in the film depicts the esteemed Swedish-American engineer and inventor John Ericsson (1803–1889), who helped to revolutionize military-maritime technology with his ironclad warship, the Monitor!

So lets have some fun with it!

At 2:16 in a man comes by the lens and judging from his age could he possibly be a Civil War veteran?
What do you think?

Great sound! And the horses hooves (because you know I would watch that), rise and fall in pretty good sync! Could have been a veteran, the filmographer sure seemed to be facinated with him. I did notice one fellow stop and give him a coin.
 
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I also love the early films. So interesting to see cars and horses on the road together. Also, the women's clothing and umbrellas and the type of hats worn by the men. Very, very interesting. Thanks for posting.
 

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Neat film. They did a great job of preserving and reproducing it. A 50/50 chance, at best, your man is an ACW veteran. There's nothing to distinguish him, really, from other older men in the film, other than his lost leg. As has been pointed out, there are many ways to loose a leg.

I hate it when they insert fake environmental sound effects in these old films. Seems cheesy.

Nice view of a walking-beam side-wheeler at the end.
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Rosedale, a 225 -foot sidewheeler excursion boat had been sunk some 20 years before. She collided with the ferryboat, Oregon, in the East River and sank atop a reef. . She was raised, refitted and put back in service by the Bridgeport Line.
 
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Great sound! And the horses hooves (because you know I would watch that), rise and fall in pretty good sync! Could have been a veteran, the filmographer sure seemed to be facinated with him. I did notice one fellow stop and give him a coin.
I never noticed! Good eye!
 
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