What roads and vehicles looked like 100 years ago [Video]

Until the 1900s, the primary means of transport were horses. There were different types of carriages that were used to move from one place to another. Then slowly four-wheelers started to replace horse carriages. There are some video clips of that era that were originally black and white in colour.

The video is uploaded on YouTube by NASS. The uploader has remastered the video by stabilizing it, adding sounds and colouring it. However, the video will not be 100 percent accurate because no one knows what the world looked like during that time.

The first video clip is of 5th Avenue, New York. In the clip, we can see old cars and buses going down the roads of the city. New York is said to be a noisy city and it seems like it was true during that time also. There is even a policeman regulating the traffic.

What roads and vehicles looked like 100 years ago [Video]

Then there is Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Unlike the roads of New York which are filled with vehicles, Michigan’s roads are wider and have less traffic on them. There are cars parked on the side of the road. and we can hear the sound of the engines.

The video also has a clip of Market Street located in San Francisco. The roads are filled with people and vehicles. We can see that horse carriages are still being used and there are trams on the roads that the general public can use for going from one place to another.

Next on the list is London. The cars in London are a bit different from what we have seen till now. There is a traffic cop that is controlling everyone. Buses are also there for public convenience. You would also be able to spot some horses in the clip.

Then there is Berlin. We can see horses still being used, there is a three-wheeler and cars on the roads. Some people are using cycles or are simply walking on the sides of the road. The next clip is of Stockholm. We can see boats, they are not modern looking boats and there are cars also. In Stockholm also, there is a traffic cop regulating the traffic. There is also a motorcycle with a sidecar on it.

Next, we have Copenhagen. Everyone here is still using cycles and a man also waves at the camera. The number of cars in Copenhagen is significantly less than what we have seen in other cities. The video then shows Amsterdam. The road is filled with people and there are some shots of families.

The video also has a shot of Paris. It is not surprising that the video starts with a shot of the Eiffel Tower. There are quite a few automobiles and we can also see the Arc de Triomphe in the video. In the video, there are still a lot of people who are walking and not using any kind of transport.

Then the video takes us to Nice, France. There is wind blowing, we can see a beach and some cars going by. Relatively, the roads are empty. Next, we have Geneva, people are still walking or using bicycles. There are some cars on the roads with whitewall tyres.  Then there is Milan. The roads are relatively occupied with horse carriages, trams, cars, people walking and cycles.

Paarth Khatri

Paarth's passion for cars started by collecting newspaper clippings when he was just a toddler. He is obsessed with cars and technology and can talk about them all day. He has an undying love for cars with a manual transmission and is always ready to drive anything with 2 or 4 wheels. Being an audiophile his dream car is Lexus LFA, considering it is the best sounding car ever made. He would happily burn the last gallon of petrol for a lap in the Ariel Atom 500. (Full bio)