29 October 2013

Hear What New York Sounded Like In the 1920s With This Interactive Map

Emily Thompson, a historian at Princeton University, has created an online interactive database called ‘The Roaring Twenties’ that lets users experience the sounds of the 1920s through historic sound recordings.

Information on the site is divided into three groups: 54 unique excerpts from Fox Movietone newsreels from 1926 to 1930, around 350 letters of noise complaints, and excerpts from newspapers and magazines.

Users navigate the site via the ‘Sound’ portal that labels different types of noise, the ‘Space’ portal which features an antiquated Google Maps-like interface that maps sounds based on the locations where they were recorded or submitted, and the ‘Time’ portal that charts the data chronologically from 1900 to 1933.

Immerse yourself in the noise and bustle of 1920s New York at Thompson’s site.

[via PSFK, images via The Roaring Twenties]