Thinking allowed — 26 January 2016
All our yesterdays

I should have named this post ‘All our great-great-grandparents yesterdays’. Yestervid have collected a series of old films from the early days of film (1890-1920) and produced a truly fascinating video.

In March 2015, old footage was researched and collected from various credible sources. The original shots were then recreated by visiting sites across London. The footage was carefully matched up, arranged by location.

They show London with its fogs, horses and general chaos side-by-side with the identical modern scenes from the same vantage point. And for those less familiar with London a handy map pin-pointing their locations.

With a perfectly matched soundtrack forty-six shots from Tower Bridge (still heavy with traffic, albeit horses) to Trafalgar Square (almost traffic free) to St. Paul’s once standing proud unoverlooked at the summit of Ludgate Hill which now peers out between skyscrapers more akin to a sci-fi city.

One of the most memorable shots is of The Tower of London grey in black-and-white film alongside a bright red sea of poppies from 2014’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

The final shot is of a grainy Trafalgar Square in 1890 claimed to be the oldest moving picture of London.

 

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