87-year-old farmer in 1929 remembers the good ol’ days in restored footage

87-year-old farmer

Have you ever wondered what life was like in 1929? A recently unearthed clip from the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Resource Collection features an 87-year-old farmer talking about the good old days.

87-year-old farmer

While working in his garden beds, the wizened farmer from Catskill, New York, comments to the videographer how different things are in 1929 compared to when he was a boy in the mid-19th century.

He explains how there were no telephones, telegraphs, motor cars, or electric lights back in his childhood days. Although they didn’t have these great technological advances, life was still good.

87-year-old farmer

He further highlights the differences in the decades since he was a boy by explaining how it took him and his father all day to trek over the Catskills by horse and buggy.

By comparison, the old farmer and his son visited his childhood boarding school by making the trip there and back in a day. He was amazed that they were back home before the sun even set.

87-year-old farmer

For as much as things change, some things stay the same. He reflects on how the Hudson traffic may have changed, but the river is still its same beautiful self. The rising and setting of the sun also remain the same.

He concludes by looking forward to the future and remembering the past, and reveling in the present unchangeable gifts of nature. What a beautiful sentiment that is still applicable today!

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