Film of Richmond in the early 1900s



The Shockoe Examiner is back and amazing: Richmond Movies Online is a link to a repository of short films showing RVA in the first decades of the 20th century.

They’ve dug up CriticalPast, a company that has “stock footage and millions of stock photo images comprising one of the largest royalty-free archival footage collections in the world.” Search “Richmond” to see what is available…

This one from 1917 opens with a sweeping panorama of a downtown Richmond that is unrecognizable. Another from 1917 shows a working Tredegar Iron Works and an industrial Belle Isle. This 1935 film has men, kids, and dogs hanging out on an unnamed street corner. A film from 1931 shows an illegal still getting busted. The “For Colored Only” “Booker-T Luncheon” is captured in this film from 1939.

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