This Awesome 16mm Film Shows a Short History of the New York City Bagel

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New Yorkers know that bagels are some of the greatest things about the city. But even though we enjoy the wonderful breakfast food (sometimes for lunch or dinner as well) many of us don’t really know the origins or history behind them.

The whole process is documented–from making the dough, to slicing it up, boiling the bagels and all. Though this was found years ago, Brooklynology was able to get their pre-hipster hands on some 16mm film footage showcasing the process of how the staple food is made. The film was sitting in the Brooklyn Public Library’s archive.

When you look at it, you can notice all of the typical characteristics of 16mm film and video footage from back in the day: grain, a raspy warmth in the sound that is similar to vintage record players, and the typical New York accent. But it also reminds of a time when content overall was king–and we didn’t sit there looking at resolution charts trying to see the sharpness and critical focus all day and for hours into the night. That’s not to say content still isn’t king, but it is easy to get caught up in the technicalities. Check out the video after the jump.

Via /R/Brooklyn

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