Saturday, January 22, 2011

Into The Tardis Again - Berlin, 1900


Paul in NY just made some slight and wistful noises about my 'Berlin in 1900' post on the old blog - it was more than enough to provoke an instant re-post here!

Time to time travel again - I've already buckled up my seat belt and am set to go!

This particular journey is the result of seeing a most poignant piece of footage - Berlin between 1900 and 1910, just before the carnage that was World War One.

People seem prosperous and confident, a world of such seeming certainties - the ultimate calm before the storm.

There's the hustle and bustle of the streets - just a slice, across the social spectrum, of ordinary people going about their daily business ...


And images of individual people, close-ups of shadowy often unsuspecting figures, frozen in time ...


... people about whose lives I can't help speculating about!

There are snatched impressions of old and new forms of transport ...


... and famous landmarks ...

Brandenburg Gate


There are examples of new social activities, such as bicycling ...

... and new jobs, like directing traffic ...

...and those minuscule usually unrecorded commonplace business activities, such as paying for a cab ...

Finally, there's a bunch of folk out on that new-fangled contraption, the bicycle - performing a cute though perhaps not-quite-Busby-Berkley-standard routine for the camera ...


So, without delay, to the video ...
video

... which I hope you'll like.

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