Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Travel Back to 1920s London

This movie clip shows London as it was in the 1920s.

As the website "How to be a Retronaut" notes, this film was made in 1927 by Claude Friese-Greene. It shows scenes of London Bridge, the Thames, the Tower of London, Greenwich Observatory, the London docks, Whitehall, the Cenotaph, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Petticoat Lane, the Oval, the Changing of the Guard, Rotten Row and the Houses of Parliament.

The Cenotaph sequence from around 3:37 to 3:54 is very poignant. This was filmed only nine years after the end of the Great War. The women and looking at the wreaths would very likely be wives and mothers of the men killed, and the Second World War was, at that time, inconceivable.

The footage is part of London’s Screen Archives and the British Film Archive.


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