A Word

The archives still recieve an impressive amount of hits, so I’m assured EP hasn’t been forgotten during my tiny (well…I thought it would be) hiatus in the midst of a massive redesign. Since the schedule for my redesign has been extended longer than I’d thought, I shall pick up new posts at EP within the next week. Until then, I leave you all with this newly discovered 1 minute reel of 1904 London.

“While footage from the inchoate beginnings of cinema often involves staged performance, the 12-minute reel features ordinary London folk going about their normal lives. The film was shot as a travelogue for people living in Australia, either those curious about life in the Old Country, or who’d emigrated but wanted to show their offspring what they’d left behind. Hence this panorama of the commonplace, showing a London on the cusp of modernity, captured in what was at the time a revolutionary new medium.”

Video courtesy of National Film & Sound Archive of Australia | Source


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4 replies on “A Word”
  1. says: Lidian

    Thank you so so much for posting this! I have been wanting to see a bit of this ever since I read that they had found it…the film quality is really good for such an early film.

    My husband’s grandparents were born in London in 1900 and 1901 (well, two of them anyway) and it is such a treat to see this…

  2. says: Christine

    Thanks so much for posting the video! It was incredible to see such a clear, living picture of Edwardian society.

    By the way, I just found your blog and I love it. The Edwardian period has always been my favorite and I’m afraid I am pretty obsessed! I see that you have a lot of archives posted here, so I have a lot of reading to look forward to.

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