Sunday, April 12, 2009

animated photo company

I recently watched some old films I think you might like to know about. They are all on a collection called Electric Edwardians. It is available on Netflix.

Most of the films were made from 1901-1907. It was so neat to just see the everyday people of the towns from those years. That time was considered the "Golden Age" of postcards as well. So, as you can imagine I have many postcards from that time period. It was neat to see the people and that time more vividly. The films were all done in Britain. Here is some more information from the website:

In the earliest years of the twentieth century, enterprising traveling showmen in the north of England hired pioneer filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon to shoot footage of local people going about their everyday activities. These films would be shown later at nearby fairgrounds, town halls and neighborhood theaters. Workers, school children, sports fans and seaside vacationers all flocked to see themselves miraculously captured on screen!

The astonishing discovery of the original Mitchell & Kenyon negatives in Blackburn, England — in a basement about to be demolished — has been described as film’s equivalent of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

Since many people didn't understand what "animated photos" were, they are often either very still in front of the camera (as they would have had to be for a photograph to be taken) or just so giddy looking at the camera, enthralled.

You can watch this with commentary or not. I did not, which made it nice for my companion and I to be able to talk during it. The commentary however is very interesting. Here is a sample of it. There are many clips on You Tube.

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