I discovered this video today and I thought it was absolutely fascinating! It is original colour video footage taken in London in 1927. It was taken by an early British pioneer of film, Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting with. It’s like a beautifully dusty old postcard you’d find in a junk store, but moving.
There are a very few cars on the roads but an enormous number of busses, it’s well worth watching and really brings life in the 1920s to life!
London in 1927 from Tim Sparke on Vimeo.
Isn’t it interesting? I’ve seen busses like those in museums, but it great to see them in their original colour, it really brings the 20s to life doesn’t it?