JF Ptak Science Books Post 1413
I just wanted to share these films that I found at the British Film Institute's youtube account. They are remarkable, clear, fluid images of London in 1903/1913 or thereabouts, offering a slice of relatively unrehearsed life from 100 years ago that is so unexpected. They are visual time capsules, beautifully restored by the BFI--they are like moving picture versions of sumptuous platinum prints, with gorgeous detail in each frame, so lovely that they look as though they could withstand micro inspection.
The first: London, 1903:
Blackfriar's Bridge, 1896--very short, but again, another remarkable piece of moving history...if only there was sound.
Trafalgar Square Riot for Mrs. Pankhurst, 1913:
Petticoat Lane, a semi-ancient marketplace east of Central London, showing a common look to common folk buying and selling common stuff, 1903: