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London in 1927; in colour!


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#1 Steven P.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:11



Pretty awesome!


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:21

Was it really filmed in color or was the color added later on through processing? sometimes the color like pops up at you or fades away a little, not sure if it's my imagination though lol, anyway pretty nice.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:23

This process produced the illusion of true colour by exposing each alternate frame of ordinary black-and-white film stock through a two different coloured filters. Each alternate frame of the monochrome print was then stained red or green. Although the projection of Biocolour prints did provide a tolerable illusion of true colour, it suffered from noticeable flickering and red-and-green fringing when the subject was in rapid motion. In an attempt to overcome the colour fringing problem, a faster-than-usual frame rate was used.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:24

Was it really filmed in color or was the color added later on through processing? sometimes the color like pops up at you or fades away a little, not sure if it's my imagination though lol, anyway pretty nice.


more likely the second one. also London had more green (trees) back then :)

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:58

very cool.. hardly anyone of those husbands is bald.. and just a couple of decades is the difference between looking developed and looking like a developing country.

#6 InsaneNutter

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:14

Pretty mad to think my Grandma would have been 4 years old when this was filmed. The quality is very impressive considering the age!

#7 M_Lyons10

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:25

That's really very cool.

#8 Damien R.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:47

That is quite awesome, I love anything like this.

#9 Cute James

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:50

I found this film to be rather moving. It's incredible to think how much the city has changed, and yet, how much has remained largely the same.

Thanks for posting!

#10 streetw0lf

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 13:04

A precursor of the Google Maps car.

#11 XerXis

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 13:10

wow, I've Always thought that when you brought someone from the inter bellum to our world they would stand there and wat around in amazement. But actually, not much has changed at all

#12 francescob

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 13:20

So, who's going to load it on youtube just to click the "I feel lucky" button on the editor to have those washed out colours fixed? :p

#13 Joseph B

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 13:23

I would give anything to live in that time period as an adult. Things were so classy as **** back then.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 13:36

Brilliant piece of footage. Besides the fashion, few missing buildings and far more trees/sparrows, looks pretty similar now!

1927 Google street view!

#15 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 13:54

Wow, that was really awesome. It's a shame the days of everybody wearing suits has passed.
It's also interesting seeing how intrigued people were by somebody filming. We've come a long ways in the last century.