I love watching historical film footage. It makes the period under scrutiny a bit more approachable and easier to conceptualize. Unlike Hermione Granger, we cannot use a time turner to go back and see for ourselves what things were like.

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The time turner: not really a thing, but sold on Amazon, anyway. Image via Amazon.com


We also don’t have the luxury to go VERY far back, as the first single-lens motion picture camera was only invented in 1888 by Louis LePrince. And a great many of those early celluloids have deteriorated and are lost to us forever.

That being said, I think you will get a kick out of this compendium of short clips. Despite the video’s title, “The Gay Nineties,” I would guess this spans the late 1890s into the 1910s. Enjoy!


Wow, the sheer number of people out and about – and dodging traffic! – is crazy.

What aspects drew your attention the most? I’d love to hear from you.


Until next time,


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