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Street Scenes of Vancouver, 1907

November 20, 2017

Street shots included here are Granville Street, with a glimpse of the old CPR station, West Hastings Street, Carrall Street, West Cordova Street, Canbie Street, Robson Street, and Davie S...

Has the Lovely Old Soho Changed Since 1956

November 15, 2017

Has Soho completely changed since 1956? Take a colourful tour to find out. Credit: BFI

Old School Comedy: The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match...

October 11, 2017

This film is a winner, it being one of the most laughable of mysterious picture ever made. H/T Nemo Ng

VHS Tape Shows Awkward Dating Video Montage from the 19...

July 31, 2017

Before Tinder, these men sat down with an archaic Betamax and a very colorful background, and delivered an awkward speech about why women should be dating them. ...

Watch Ray Charles Perform His Soulful Rendition Of 'Ame...

July 4, 2017

If you were around for America's bicentennial in 1976, then you’ve probably heard Ray Charles singing this version before. And while there are many different vers...

The 'City of London' in London Which is Not Part of Lon...

June 18, 2017

If you look at the map of London crafted by a careful cartographer, that map will have a one-square mile hole near the middle – it’s here where the City of London...

Civil War Veterans Come Together One Last Time at Getty...

May 6, 2017

In 1938, Civil War veterans gathered together for the Battle of Gettysburg's 75th anniversary. The gathering included approximately 25 Gettysburg battle veterans ...

The Last Tasmanian Tiger Died of Exposure at Hobart Zoo...

May 6, 2017

Below are photos of one of the largest known carnivorous marsupials in modern times, the Thylacine, more commonly referred to as the Tasmania Tiger because of its...

Japanese Kamikaze, Footage from WW2, 1945

April 24, 2017

The story behind the bombers, their training, and first photos of the killer weapons above the Pacific Ocean... Credit: British Pathe

This Is How People Used To Test Bulletproof Glass

April 20, 2017

We've always been amazed at the trust displayed by couples who shoot apples off each other's heads or throw knives at each other for performances. This 1930s couple testin...

Some of the Most Iconic World War II Movies of All Time

April 9, 2017

WW2 films take on a lot of different styles, forms and tones. You'll see authentic WWII recreations, personal stories about the soldiers and people who fought the wa...

Victorian and Edwardian Workers Captured on Film, 1900 ...

April 5, 2017

These films, taken between 1900 and 1901, display some of the grittier nature of work in those days. The footages have survived very well, essentially the only fi...

Declassified Cold War Footages Of Some Of History’s Lar...

March 20, 2017

This week, the federally funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California released 62 newly declassified and restored films of U.S. nuclear te...

Jack Dempsey vs Jess Willard, Heavyweight Championship ...

March 16, 2017

Jess Willard, the reigning heavyweight champion who stood 6'6" and 225 pounds when he fought Jack Dempsey in 1919. His mighty reputation preceded him as he had pr...

8 Things You Could Do in the Past that You Wouldn't (Or...

March 9, 2017

There are several things that we currently do, but won't be able to carry out in the near future. It has always been that way. Credit: British Pathe

Auto Polo: The Death-Defying Sport of the Early 1900s

March 7, 2017

A Ford dealer from Topeka, Kansas named Ralph “Pappy” Hankinson, was finding out a way to sell more cars and he came up with a berserk idea to play polo while driving ...

The Tragic Hindenburg Disaster Caught on Tape, 1937

March 5, 2017

This first-hand footage from the British Pathe archive reveals the famous Hiddenburgh crash, where 13 out of 36 passengers died and 22 out of 61 crew members perished as...

The Only Known Footage of Mark Twain, 1909

February 27, 2017

This is the only known footage of the famous author Mark Twain. Thomas Edison filmed this in 1909, showing Twain walking around his home in Redding, Connecticut, and then playing...

Cowboy Kid: Sharpshooter of the Wild West

January 31, 2017

In Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West; Johnny Baker, otherwise known as the Cowboy Kid, exhibited his one of a kind skill with a rifle. As shown in the clip below; during the early day...

The Silver Swan: The 18th Century Clockwork Automaton

January 24, 2017

In the 18th century, John Joseph Merlin designed an automaton called the Silver Swan. A clockwork-driven material, this life-size swan is built with a music box. When ...

The Mary Celeste Disappearance, 1872

January 18, 2017

It was November 7th 1872 --- Captain Briggs, his wife, their 2-year-old daughter and 7 of his crew, seized the Mary Celeste from New York en route to Genoa, Italy. With them are 1,701 ...

Globe-Making Process From 1955

November 28, 2016

Take a peek behind the curtains as the workers at this globe factory hand-make globes using paper maché method that’s quite fascinating. There is so much craftsmanship and time that go into ...

Driving around New York City in 1928

November 27, 2016

A wonderful glimpse of life in the big city; location shots give you a real feeling for how everyday folks lived. The scenes filmed in New York City are from the 1928 silent film "Spee...

Footage of England in the Edwardian Era, ca. 1900s

October 24, 2016

The quality of this video has been enhanced using modern video editing tools. The film has been motion stabilized and the speed has been slowed down to correct speed (fro...

Physical Examination for the Navy, 1920s

October 23, 2016

Credit: Bits and Bobs

In 1986, Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons Into T...

October 20, 2016

In 1986, organizers with United Way of Cleveland thought they'd generate a publicity stunt and create a beautiful spectacle in the process. With a crowd of volunt...

Mildred Unger: The 10 Year-Old Girl Who Danced on the W...

October 14, 2016

Before the onset of the Great Depression, the Roaring Twenties were a time of economic prosperity, new technology and, perhaps most famously, dancing. In 1927, 1...

Rationing Guidelines During World War 2

September 28, 2016

Having lived through the depression, many housewives already knew how to make food and household supplies last longer. But during WWII rationing, there were very specific limits on...

A Kick in the Head: How Helmet Was Tested in 1932

September 23, 2016

This very funny clip shows a man testing his American Football helmet invention - he thinks it will prevent fatalaties and injuries. He gets some men to kick him in the he...

Watch: A Book Being Made the Old-Fashioned Way

September 21, 2016

Books were once made by hand, one by one, with patience and perfection. Credit: Krafstman Sheng

1900: A Ride Through Town in Victorian England 116 Year...

September 19, 2016

Camera mounted at the front of a streetcar tram riding through Rochdale, UK in the year 1900. A haunting / evocative look at a day in the life 116 years ago! ...

This Color Footage Captured Scenes of New York City in ...

September 17, 2016

Credit: Vintage Everyday

This 1905 Marenghi Organ Plays Bohemian Rhapsody Beauti...

September 13, 2016

Just imagine all the work that went into building this thing, and for it to hold up so well over 100 years... incredible! H/T Pianosynthorgan

10 Tragedies in History Caught on Film

September 13, 2016

British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80-year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck. From Franz Reichelt's death jump of...

This Is What Going To The Gym Looked Like Way Back Then

September 8, 2016

Gyms looked very different way back in 1892. Some of the exercise machines resemble chiropractic instruments or torture devices. H/T Themindc...

One Windy Day at 23rd Street, NYC, 1903

September 6, 2016

This remarkable footage was taken at the foot of New York City's famous skyscraper, The Flatiron. It's a very windy day, and the pedestrians passing by are having considerable diffi...

A Look at Some Bizarre Beauty Contests from the Past

August 26, 2016

MISS BOBBED HAIR In 1925, Coral Gables, Florida, held a contest for the most beautiful bobbed hair. Yes, that’s right. The contestants all had their hair cropped and ne...

This Rare Footage Show What Life Was Like 100 Years Ago

August 20, 2016

It's interesting to see how people from the past transitioned from horse-drawn carts to cars, and how they started sharing the road side by side. It must've been am...

8 Countries That No Longer Exist

July 28, 2016

A list of countries that ceased to exist as actual countries in the 20th century: Siam, Yugoslavia, Ceylon, Soviet Union, Tibet, United Arab Republic, Czechoslovakia and East/West Germany....

1930s Video Shows Dog with Incredible Jumping (and land...

July 20, 2016

Mickey, the incredible German shepherd was once known as the world’s greatest jumping dog. This talented dog has amazing jumping (and landing) skills! With the ab...

Two Steam Trains Collide at 90 mph During the 1913 Cali...

July 14, 2016

These were the scenes during the 1913 California State Fair - National Guard Cavalrymen, animal parades and horse racing, turn of the 20th century car races. Then...

This Ancient Creature Was Discovered In Japan… And It’s...

July 13, 2016

You probably already know that crocodiles, sharks and horsehoe crabs have been around since prehistoric times, during the time when dinosaurs still roam the E...

Some 4th of July Trivia You Probably Didn't Know (Video...

July 3, 2016

Discover how and when Americans celebrated Independence Day in the past. Although Benjamin Franklin thought we'd celebrate the 2nd of July; the 4th of July is clo...

Amelia Earhart Disappears: Original Newsreel Footage, 1...

June 30, 2016

This clip from 1937 highlights the days immediately after Amelia Earhart’s plane went missing. The aviator (or aviatrix) who set so many records in her time went ...

100-Year-Old Footage of Legendary Artists Working and W...

June 30, 2016

Check out these rare clips from 1915 and one from 1919 showing legendary artists Monet, Renoir, Rodin, and Degas working and walking within their celebrated envir...

In 1962, Students Attempted To Build A Flying Bicycle …...

June 29, 2016

Watch as these Southampton University students build their very own flying machine, which they called the 'Sumpac'. Credit: British Pathe

Couple Turned Their Entire Home Into a 1940s Time Capsu...

June 27, 2016

The 1940s conjure up glamorous images and a longing for the “good old days” of yore. But Kitten Von Mew and her husband Richard of Warwickshire, England, have tak...

After 10 Years Of Work, A 2,000 Year Old “Computer” Is ...

June 27, 2016

A small, corroded piece of bronze found in an underwater shipwreck in 1901 captivated archaeologists more than the coins, jewelry and sculptures from the wrec...

The Amazing Folding Mini-Motel Caravan of 1959

June 25, 2016

Somewhat forgotten in automobile history is the fantastic folding Mini-Motel caravan from 1959. The Mini-Motel was originally produced by a company called Portaplas based in ...

19 Cities in History Leading the World in Population Si...

June 22, 2016

From 7000 BCE to today, at least 19 cities have led the world in population. Cities have, of course, grown vastly bigger over time. Nine thousand years ago, Çatal...

70 Years After WWII, BBC Flew a Drone Over The Largest ...

June 21, 2016

70 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, BBC gave the world a chance to see its ruins. They launched a drone over the site located in so...

Window Cleaners Working on The Empire State Building, 1...

June 20, 2016

The commercial window-washing industry in New York started with the rise of the skyscraper industry, at the end of the nineteenth century, after one Polish immigr...

6,000 Years of Urbanization in Just 3 Minutes

June 17, 2016

Last month, animator Max Galka uploaded a time-lapse video to his blog, Metrocosm, documenting the history of urbanization. Starting in 3700 BC, the very first name to pop up...

8 Amazing Vehicles From the Past That No Longer Exist

June 15, 2016

Let's take a look at eight incredible transport inventions that we sadly don't get to travel around in anymore. Would you fancy taking any of these on your way to wor...

The Story of Bikini Atoll, The Poisoned Paradise Island

June 13, 2016

This is the Bikini Atoll, a beautiful paradise island of the Micronesian island group in the Pacific Ocean. But behind this idyllic picture is a devastating story of...

Oddly Fascinating 1958 Video of the Art of Glassblowing

June 11, 2016

If you’re a lover of great art and the effort that goes with each piece, you’ll find the first part of the video oddly fascinating. Glass is a 1958 non-verbal docume...

Amazing Footage of England During the Edwardian Era, ca...

May 29, 2016

Take an incredible peek into the past. What you will see are mesmerizing scenes in the Edwardian era, with smiling faces of fascinating people looking at the came...

Old Photos Show How Disney Animators Used Real-Life Mod...

May 27, 2016

Based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll and produced by the Walt Disney Productions, the 1951 Alice in Wonderland is a classic American animated musical fantasy...

This 13th Century French Chateau is a Sleeping Beauty W...

May 19, 2016

In the town of Les Trois-Moutiers in France, located roughly 200 miles southwest of Paris, stands Chateau de la Motte-Chandenier.  The Chateau de la Mothe-Chanden...

This Footage Of A Shellshocked Soldier From World War I...

April 14, 2016

Following the end of World War I, the world were faced with yet another dilemma, something they'd never seen before — a bizarre condition that was once known as s...

Inexperienced Airborne Troops Carry Too Much Gear Durin...

April 1, 2016

Due to inexperience many airmen, including those of Fox Company, loaded themselves up too much for their jump into Normandy on D-Day. H/T American Heroes Channel...

Some Things You Probably Didn't Know About St. Patrick'...

March 18, 2016

Get the real story about this beloved Irish holiday and the patron saint it's named after.

Way Back Then: Life in the 1920s

March 10, 2016

A short glimpse of the way of life in the '20s. Credits: Aaron1912

This Is What You Had To Go Through To Wear Contact Lens...

February 18, 2016

The best way to appreciate today’s technology is to see what people had to do or go through in the past. Credit: British Pathé

This Professional Driver Proves That One of the World’s...

February 11, 2016

In 1908, Henry Ford sold his novel Model T cars as the first to be really accessible to the masses. They were marketed as easy to handle for casual drivers and ...

Tour Around Berlin in the Summer of 1929

January 21, 2016

This footage entitled "Menschen am Sonntag" (People on Sunday), filmed in Berlin in the summer of 1929 by Billy Wilder, shows Sunday life in German capital was like more than 85 ye...

This Old Video Footage Captured English Traffic Scenes ...

January 15, 2016

This footage captured early English traffic scenes in various locations and various dates between 1896-1903. According to youtuber British Pathé this film may inc...

Rare Footage of Nazi Officers Surrender At The End of W...

September 20, 2015

Watch this rare video of the end of World War II depicting the German soldiers surrender. Take a look!

Watch This Rare WW2 German Combat Footage

September 13, 2015

This video shows some amazing World War II color combat footage of the German Wehrmacht. It's truly stunning to watch with some never before seen footage included.

This Video Explains Why People in Old Movies Talked in ...

May 21, 2015

There’s a distinct way of talking that American actors and broadcasters used in the early days of radio and in pre-World War II movies. It’s not quite British or ...

A Vintage 'Dashcam' Footage Showing Classic Vehicles on...

March 3, 2015

This "dashcam" style footage film shows a trip along Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, California in the 1930s. The camera captures many classic vehicles from the 192...