I found another one of these interesting films about everyday life over 100 years ago. This runs for less than 6 minutes, has been enhanced for video, and colourised.
I found this short video on You Tube. It is called ‘The Oldest Photographs In The World’, but is really examples of photographic firsts. The first known photos of people and buildings, the earliest photos of The Sun and The Moon, and the first underwater photographs. It comes up to date with the first photos from Space, and the first published on the Internet.
This is mainly of interest to photographers out there, but it is still worth your time to get the sense of history.
This is one of my favourite finds online. Film images taken in the late 1800s in places around England. Street Parades, funfairs, seaside Towns, as well as shopping districts and markets, public transport, and busy traffic. It also features the many different social classes of the time, from workers to wealthy landowners and dignitaries.
The original 9-minute film has been carefully enhanced for video, providing some amazing detail, and also colourised for full effect.
I found another compilation of film footage from around the world, this time shot in the 1890s. Equally as fascinating as my previous post, but this 10-minute film is not enhanced for video, or colourised.
This 7-minute colour film has been enhanced for video to give an interesting impression of daily life in the ruined city not long after the end of WW2.
This fascinating short film (8 minutes) shows everyday life in many different cities around the world in the 1920s. The original black and white footage has been enchanced, colourised, and some sound added for effect. Cities in America and Europe are featured, and I found it very interesting to watch.
This colour film from the 1960s has been remastered into very good quality video. It was filmed at various trendy locations and shopping districts, as well as some famous tourist sites. Obviously intended to show the new fashions of the day, and the contrast with the older people who were still dressed as if it was the 1950s. It’s an easy watch of around 8 minutes.
Using some rare moving film images from as long ago as 1890, this 11-minute film contrasts the history of the city with images filmed in 2016 at the same spots.
Thanks to my friend Antony who sent me a link, I was able to watch this great film about London, from Roman times to the modern day. It is short, at only 14 minutes, and is incredibly well-made. Using contemporary photos and video, and including some wonderful high-definition aerial footage, it manages to educate viewers and celebrate London in every way without taking up too much of your valuable time.
If you have never visited the city of my birth, I am sure you will find this film interesting and illuminating. If like me, you are a Londoner, it might make you love your city even more.
My blogging friend Carolyn sent me a link to this unusual short film on You Tube. It is a remastered cine film that has been colourised and enhanced to High-Definition. Short scenes around Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and a main line station. Despite the often strange ‘pink’ effect of adding the colour, the enhancement quality is quite staggering to behold, and at times feels almost like 3-D.
Judging by the clothing and vehicles, I would suggest this is very early in the 1930s, as many of the fashions look the same as during the 1920s. Carolyn mentioned how slim everyone looks, and that is very true. I could not find anyone captured on film who appeared to be noticeably overweight.
Carolyn was originally from Britain, but now resides in the north-east of America. You can find her blog here.
The film is only 8 minutes long, and I hope you get a chance to watch it.
This explains the process used to present it as we see it now.
Video Restoration Process:
✔ FPS boosted to 60 frames per second
✔ Image resolution boosted up to HD
✔ Improved video sharpness and brightness
✔ Colorized only for the ambiance (not historically accurate)
✔added sound only for the ambiance