This Rare Footage Shows What Life Was Like In South Carolina During The 1930s

We’ve all seen pictures and heard stories about the history of South Carolina. But if a picture is worth a thousand words then a historic video of South Carolina must be worth the entire dictionary. We’ve located a video shot and edited in the 1930s in Charleston and it is simply mesmerizing. The narration is also from the 1930s; it’s interesting to see how much the culture and attitude in Charleston has changed since this video was produced.

The video is full of colorful insight into this era in Charleston’s history. You’ll hear an interesting narrative as you see a statue in the park next to City Hall. The statue has no arms and the audio says the British shot the arms off. Later, hear a very interesting anecdote about Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.

We found this rare footage from the 1930s, posted to by YouTube user Daniel Reynolds, simply captivating. The cars, the clothes, the buildings and the narration will transport you back to a different time in the Holy City.

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Were you captivated by most of the video? Isn’t it amazing to go back in time and see life as it was in days gone by? The 1930s in South Carolina saw both some of the worst and some of the best times in the state. The Depression bottomed out and things began to bounce back. Did you, or do you know anyone with great stories or photos from this era? We love to hear your feedback and see your photos in our comments on Facebook.

After watching this historic video of South Carolina, take a look at these vintage photographs of SC for more glimpses into the past.

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Historic Video Of South Carolina

August 14, 2020

Where can I find more of the best historic photos of South Carolina?

There are quite a few old photos of South Carolina that’ll take you right back in time. We’ve put together a good amount of articles showcasing some of these vintage shots. This list shows the oldest photographs taken in the state, dating back to the 1860s. Go a little forward in time to the early 1900s with these retro SC photographs. Visit the early days of the state’s roads and highways as cars became more mainstream by clicking this link. Photographs are a great look into the past that we don’t have for much of history, so it’s great to see so many photos of this lovely state.

How has South Carolina changed over the years?

The history of South Carolina is an extensively long one. Being part of the original 13 colonies, it’s been around for a while and a lot has changed – and not changed – over the years. There are many historic places that have been preserved and are alive and well today that you can see. Other places, however, are full of modern and beautiful architecture. SC was not immune to going through times of change or hardship, such as the Great Depression in South Carolina in the 1930s, and was affected by that as the rest of the country was.

What is the oldest city in South Carolina?

With such an extensive history, you might not be surprised to hear that South Carolina has one of the oldest cities in the country. Charleston is known for its historic charm and is visited by many people for that reason. It was the first established area in the state when English settlers landed there in 1670. It hasn’t always been called Charleston – originally it was called the Charles Towne Landing – and it was given that name in 1789, not long after the end of the Revolutionary War. Charleston is considered one of the top tourist destinations of the world, where visitors enjoy the historic buildings, food, and more.

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