August 15, 2009 Subject:
For anyone interested, the trolleys were filmed across the street (Market St.) from the Philadelphia post office at 9th and Market Streets.
The short, white cars in front of the post office were part of Philadelphia Rapid Transit's Mail Car Fleet. Mail was sorted aboard the cars and taken to outlying districts.
This short clip is all that remains of a much larger film of old Philadelphia.
I like this film, but I would like to know more about it. Where were these trolleys filmed and is it a complete film or an extract? I suggest that you mention when a film is in the Library of Congress, so that I can look it up there, like "Annie Oakley", "The Great Train Robbery" and perhaps this one (but I couldn't find it there). I wonder about some of the extracts from films in the Prelinger Archives as well. I recognize "The City" and some films from the National Association of State Aviation Officials. It would be convenient if you could add links to the original films or Universal Newsreels.
Maybe I sound like a meticulous historian - which I am - but I may try to use the trolleys in a little video as well, and want to know if the place is New York, what the whole film looks like etc.