This Rare Footage In The 1930s Shows South Dakota Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Back in 1938, in the northeastern corner of South Dakota in the small town of Bristol, one man started hosting homemade movies starring none other than the town’s own residents. “Why?” you ask…as if anyone could watch them on their smartphone or tablet way back then.

To find out why, watch this short compilation of these moving pictures shot in Bristol, South Dakota in the late 1930s. Oh… and a big bonus: the footage show Bristol’s residents in everyday life and the narrator names most of the people in his commentary. The music and the narration make this an absolutely delightful way to look back at some great memories of life in South Dakota in the 1930s.


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Are you related to any of these Internet sensations that had starring shots in this footage from 1938? What did you think of the clips? We’d love to hear your reaction in our comments.

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