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Post a Vintage Video of What an Area You Lived in Looked Like At the Time

Yeshuasdaughter

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In this thread, you can post an archival video from Youtube, featuring a city or area you lived in, many years ago.

The video doesn't have to be from the exact years you lived there. It just needs to be representative of what it looked like during that era.
 
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How was base housing in Alameda NAS? Bleak (Quonset Huts) ....but they did have those nuclear wessels!

"The wessels. From Alameda!" -Navy Brat signing off. ;)
 
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NDR2

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I lived the first 11 years of my life in Queens, New York. In fact, there are a few things I remember in this video, like the Ed's Pizzeria at 0:32. If it is in fact what I remember (I do remember it being on the corner) it's Union Turnpike in Flushing, not too far from where we lived. (The pizza there wasn't too good, though. We mainly got ours from other places.)

Of course, Queens is very big, so not everything in this video was close to us. But I also remember the area at 0:17 with the Ohrbachs and Sam Goody (where we often got records) in Rego Park, which required a little bit of a drive. Also, if my memory's correct, the Ohrbachs led to the entrance of the Queens Center mall, where we'd often go (I thought that was fun at the time).

All in all, it's quite an accurate picture of what Queens looked like when I was a child.

 

WildCat

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Some video of Fort Worth from the late 90s. I was born in the late 80s, but since the 90s made up the bulk of my childhood I was looking for good quality footage from around that time. This is probably the best that I could find:


This clip dates back to 1974, a little over a decade before I was born (I know), but more informative this time:

 
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mysterionz

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I live about an hour from there and it just constantly smells like sewage here. It's kind of an ongoing joke at this point because on some days it's just unavoidable.
I used to live in an apartment complex that was super close to the downtown area (near the Reneger’s festival area. I now live ten minutes away from that location as I’ve moved in with my dad.
 

Sherlock77

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I'm born and raised, and still live in Calgary, I've lived all but three years of my life (I'm 51 for reference)

Here is one video from 1969/70, about the time I was born, the Calgary Stampede of course...

 

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Adelaide from the early 70s, I was in primary school. It was funny seeing Rundle Street still as a street, and yes I remember it that way. These days it's a mall. In Australia a mall is a street that has been permanently closed to traffic and is for pedestrians only, so if in Australia you ask for the closest mall this is where you will get directed and not to the shopping centre that you are looking for.

Adelaide in the 70s:



Rundle Mall in the 80s:

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Rundle Mall recent:

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tjlxlh

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I did not know this thread would make me so sad. I have been trying to find good photos of the town I grew up near, population less than 400. Lavalle, Wi
Most of the buildings are not there anymore, it is being deserted. Restraunts closing, buildings being torn down left and right. The coin shop I used to go was torn down. It is an empty lot now. The only grocery store burned down is now just a concrete pad.
 

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NDR2

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I did not know this thread would make me so sad. I have been trying to find good photos of the town I grew up near, population less than 400. Lavalle, Wi
Most of the buildings are not there anymore, it is being deserted. Restraunts closing, buildings being torn down left and right. The coin shop I used to go was torn down. It is an empty lot now. The only grocery store burned down is now just a concrete pad.
I get you. Probably if we were to visit our hometowns again things would be quite different than they used to be – maybe even to the point that they don’t look familiar.

Of course, reminiscing can generally bring feelings of sadness as well as happiness. In addition to the warm feelings of all the fond memories and the fun of sharing them, there can be the sentimentality for those days, and the sadness of knowing they’re gone. Not to mention the things you may have lost in your life since then. Like with me, I miss our old house (it’s still there, but I’m too afraid to go back to our street and see it). I also know I’m much older now and often wish I could be young again.
 

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I get you. Probably if we were to visit our hometowns again things would be quite different than they used to be – maybe even to the point that they don’t look familiar.
You can never go home, it's not there any more. Even if you've only been gone a year, when you get back it's all changed, or your perspective has changed, or both.

Even though I live in the same city again I haven't bothered visiting the suburb that I grew up in, what's the point? I did use google maps in satellite view and street view to have a look at the house I grew up in though. All the fruit trees are gone and the back yard is just bare dirt but the lounge room still has the vertical blinds that my mother had installed in the 70s.

57 Margaret Ave.
 

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Weston-super-Mare, 1980's.

Haha, the first video I found of the area where I grew up is a documentary on the local gang violence. But it has some footage of the "notorious" Bournville Estate where I grew up and gives a very good picture of what it was like, the streets where I lived and the beach. And, ironically now I realise I'm autistic, the local pub called the "Social Club".

Just to be clear, I was never in the gangs or involved in the violence.

 
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Yeshuasdaughter

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In this thread, you can post an archival video from Youtube, featuring a city or area you lived in, many years ago.

The video doesn't have to be from the exact years you lived there. It just needs to be representative of what it looked like during that era.

For instance, the video I am posting was filmed in 1983, but we didn't move there until 1984.

And if you're curious, I'm picking Las Vegas. I lived there on and off as a child.

My family were good friends with an owner of a big casino on the north end of the strip. Many of my relatives worked there, or at surrounding casinos.

Vegas in the 1980s was a place where locals could and would lock their kids in the hot stuffy car and run into a casino to do a little lite gambling. But if they or their relatives worked at the casino, the kids could sit and wait (actually we would run around) the air conditioned back hallways or even meet the owners. I've been to the pit of a couple places, where the money was counted, and the security had their office.

When I was about eight years old, my aunt worked for the Playboy Club. One day while my mom and I waited for her in the back dressing room, I got to meet Hugh Heffner. Didn't know who he was, but I knew the bunny symbol. My aunt was always bringing us merchandise from the casino. All I remember was that there were women styling their hair, and he walked in wearing a gold bathrobe.

Vegas has incredibly good schools, but otherwise, those were some of the hardest years of my life.

Living in Vegas as a child, and daily seeing the Siegfried and Roy billboard on my bus ride to and from school, it fostered a strong belief in me, that lasted into early adulthood, that one truly could own and live with their very own Siberian White Tiger. Not only that, but it taught me that it was possible to saddlebreak a tiger.

Many a schoolgirl "bully revenge" fantasy involved riding into the school on my very own white siberian tiger, and the tiger either leaving the school with a full stomach, or the bully becoming terrified "n-nice kitty"/ needing to change their pants. lol
 

Sherlock77

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I did not know this thread would make me so sad. I have been trying to find good photos of the town I grew up near, population less than 400. Lavalle, Wi
Most of the buildings are not there anymore, it is being deserted. Restraunts closing, buildings being torn down left and right. The coin shop I used to go was torn down. It is an empty lot now. The only grocery store burned down is now just a concrete pad.

I've seen similar scenes all over rural areas, it is sad and there is a reason why in many cases... People still live in these small towns but as cars and roads get better, you can have small town living and still easily drive to the nearest large town for your services... Yes, it's sad...
 

Judge

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The city in California I left some 15 years ago has grown so much that most construction must go up rather than spread out over countryside that is no longer there. Everything has been overdeveloped. I couldn't imagine living there now with so many people and so much traffic.
 

Sherlock77

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The city in California I left some 15 years ago has grown so much that most construction must go up rather than spread out over countryside that is no longer there. Everything has been overdeveloped. I couldn't imagine living there now with so many people and so much traffic.

When I was born in 1972 the population of Calgary was 417,000, still quite a big city... We are at about 1.3 million people now... There are areas on the edge of town that I remember as being fields, that are now suburbs... I still do most of my life downtown/central Calgary, rarely going to the suburbs...
 

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