A gut-wrenching scene of a vibrant downtown in 1916

December 7, 2017

Starring Oliver Hardy and shot in 1916, this brief gut-wrenching silent film scene captures the vibrancy of an early urban core filled with buildings, pedestrians, streetcars, cars and bicycles.

Downtown Jacksonville and Main Street in 1916

Excerpt of original Bouncing Baby. A one-reel comedy made in 1916 in Jacksonville. To see full-length versions of this and other videos from the State Archives of Florida, visit

Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850.245.6700.

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Main Street before and after graphics courtesy of Ennis Davis, AICP.

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