A Snapshot of New York City's Transit Systems in the 1940s

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Arteries of New York City, a documentary by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, is a fascinating look at New York's transportation infrastructure in the 1940s. Courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, the film includes great footage of subways, bridges, ferries, highways, and avenues, as well as maps of commuter patterns, reflecting the growth of the suburban population at the time. 

    
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For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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