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Absolutely AMAZING colorized footage from 1937 just posted on YT.

The first part is all on boats, which is pretty fucking interesting.

THEN @ 4:50 - London. Not just the normal draggy scenes of Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly but a real look at London back then.

A real timetripper!

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by Anonymousreply 6309/19/2020

Cool, thanks OP

by Anonymousreply 109/15/2020

Enjoyed that - thanks!

by Anonymousreply 209/15/2020

So the double-decker busses were the color of orange marmalade back then?

by Anonymousreply 309/15/2020

Interesting but lord have mercy that's some bad colorization. Clearly none of the Hollywood technicians had anything to do with it.

The description at YouTube pretty much tells it all.

[quote] The original film has been restored, upscaled, motion-stabilized and colorized by means of the latest A.I. software. The "DeOldify" colourization A.I. still has a lot to learn, among other that London's double-decker busses should be red and not orange-ish.

by Anonymousreply 409/15/2020

By and large, I don't think it's bad AT ALL. It brings the past up much closer.

by Anonymousreply 509/15/2020

But yes, reds and yellows seem to be tricky.

by Anonymousreply 609/15/2020

No, it all looks dusty and faded. Why does it look so drab?

by Anonymousreply 709/15/2020

No, OP, it starts with TRAINS not boats.

by Anonymousreply 809/15/2020

Trains transporting people to BOATS! It's about the BOATS....the first part.

by Anonymousreply 909/15/2020

Interesting how the color does seem to "wake up" our seeing about this past. I did note that a lot of folks looked sorta fat... conventional wisdom has suggested that previous generations were so much thinner. Also, women with tightly curled/waved hair... was there hairspray in the 30s?

by Anonymousreply 1009/15/2020

[quote]Also, women with tightly curled/waved hair... was there hairspray in the 30s?

They did all sorts to make it wavey.

My grandmother wore curlers to bed I think until she died in 1992. She said she told my grandpa when they married "If you want me to look nice in the day you'll have to accept I look like this at night".

No wonder he played away from home.

by Anonymousreply 1109/15/2020

OP this is great! Thanks for posting.

And r10, fat folks were around during those times. I have pics of my grandmother and great grandmother's and they were all chunky.

by Anonymousreply 1209/15/2020

Colorized film never impresses me, it's always too orange.

by Anonymousreply 1309/15/2020

People dress like absolute slobs these days.

by Anonymousreply 1409/16/2020

Why do all the women look like trannies?

by Anonymousreply 1509/16/2020

Let’s lay out in the sun in a suit.

by Anonymousreply 1609/16/2020

Every last person in that video is DEAD!

by Anonymousreply 1709/16/2020

It looks very similar today, the buildings are not quite so soot-covered. Amazing to think a lot happened since then including WW2 and the Blitz.

by Anonymousreply 1809/16/2020

You just want to tell them, "A dark storm is coming".

by Anonymousreply 1909/16/2020

r10, they used to perm their hair and also use setting lotions if they used curlers:

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by Anonymousreply 2009/16/2020

Yes r19 Whenever I see anything dated late 1930s I die a little inside knowing the horror that was coming..

by Anonymousreply 2109/16/2020

r7, I think it's to approximate what colored film would look like back then.

by Anonymousreply 2209/16/2020

I say, top hats, fedoras and panamas! Very fine survey.

by Anonymousreply 2309/16/2020

At the beginning, love the musical accompaniment of Rogers and Hart's Mountain Greenery.

by Anonymousreply 2409/16/2020

Fascinating, OP, thanks so much! Without the grey fogs of time these people look much more similar to us than I expected. And everyone is so neat!

by Anonymousreply 2509/16/2020

Look at the adverts on the buses: some products still with us 83 years later like Schweppes and Cointreau.

by Anonymousreply 2609/16/2020

They are all "nicely" dressed (as opposed to today's tank tops, shorts, and jeans) but they also look cheaply dressed.

by Anonymousreply 2709/16/2020

R27 Or at the very least the spectrum of quality clothes and cheap versions seemed to be more noticeable than today's fashions. I thought that too - that "class" was much more apparent.

Related, the man in the top hat getting off the bus in the middle of the day... what was that? Almost a kind of cos-play of "elegance"... but looked kind of shabby.

by Anonymousreply 2809/16/2020

r28 - He's possibly an employee of an undertaker.

by Anonymousreply 2909/16/2020

My grandparents weren’t even good enough to work on a train or a ship in 1937. They were poor, poor, poor. They had too many children because of their religion. Drunk husband + no birth control = hungry mouths to feed. Making the lowest classes wear uniforms at their jobs was a good thing because they couldn’t afford to dress as nicely as people getting on that boat.

My grandparents got the furniture that was in their house from the Salvation Army in the 1930s. It looked really creepy & old fashioned to me when I was a kid p, but looking back in it, it would probably cost a fortunes these days. It was all ornately carved & oiled solid wood from the 1890s & 1900s.

by Anonymousreply 3009/16/2020

R29 Ah, smart. You're probably right.

by Anonymousreply 3109/16/2020

Those two handsome gentlemen at around 0:53 can stamp MY passport any time!

by Anonymousreply 3209/16/2020

Nothing amazing about a country that at the time was colonizing half the world and became responsible for majority of the current world crisis. Absolute piece of shit country. Killed millions of innocent people.

by Anonymousreply 3309/16/2020

Disappointed. I was expecting to see Flushing, Queens!

by Anonymousreply 3409/16/2020

Don’t trust that Hitler fellow. He’s up to no good.

by Anonymousreply 3509/16/2020

Interesting ads on the bus exteriors: Australian Currants on the side and Canadian Lobster on the rear.

by Anonymousreply 3609/16/2020

Interesting ads on the bus exteriors: Australian Currants on the side and Canadian Lobster on the rear.

by Anonymousreply 3709/16/2020

The guy in the top hat and tails probably worked the door at a hotel or a gentleman's club, something like that.

Interesting to me that many of the cars had sliding sunshine roofs. I'd love to have a go at driving a car of that era, wouldn't YOU?

Still plenty of horse and carts, there were still quite a few left in 60s London even, I remember them, kiddies like me would give them lumps of sugar or an apple.

by Anonymousreply 3809/16/2020

One of the reasons this footage is so good is because the photographer was really creative. He shoots from all sorts of angles, from above, from the ground looking up at people etc...this was not usually the case back then.

by Anonymousreply 3909/16/2020

[quote] Don’t trust that Hitler fellow. He’s up to no good.

He speaks his mind! And he's making Amer.....I mean Germany great again!

by Anonymousreply 4009/16/2020

I'd love to eavesdrop on the conservation the lady with scarf and sunglasses is having with the guy smoking the pipe.

by Anonymousreply 4109/16/2020

This is shortly before Hitler and WW2 made everything all go to shit.

by Anonymousreply 4209/16/2020

Nice film OP the color is bit washed out which reminds me of old B&W photos from that era which were colored by hand. Its a nice peak into a time and lifestyle gone forever.

by Anonymousreply 4309/16/2020


by Anonymousreply 4409/16/2020

this was showing at the cinema

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by Anonymousreply 4509/16/2020

The ground isn't littered with trash.

by Anonymousreply 4609/16/2020

And it remains unlittered. In 2019 I was in London shopping one afternoon in a busy area, and the streets were immaculate. They give fines for tossing your cigs around. Impressive for such a densely packed area.

by Anonymousreply 4709/16/2020

I'm sure I saw Old Mr. Grace...

by Anonymousreply 4809/16/2020

"the conservation", OP?

by Anonymousreply 4909/16/2020

Sorry...not OP, should have said R41

by Anonymousreply 5009/16/2020

Maybe you should have said nothing at all.

by Anonymousreply 5109/16/2020

Fascinating how women all sat having lunch wearing their hats (3:34) - whereas men did not.

by Anonymousreply 5209/16/2020

So many landmarks just black from coal soot. St. Paul’s looks so beautiful and creamy now after being cleaned a while ago.

by Anonymousreply 5309/16/2020

And people complain cars looks samey NOW.

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by Anonymousreply 5409/16/2020

R33 sorry, could I just get by your feet to pick up my eyes from where they’ve rolled out of my head and onto the floor?

by Anonymousreply 5509/17/2020

I saw Erna prowling Piccadilly Circus. She looked quite young.

by Anonymousreply 5609/17/2020

This deserves the color treatment. A lot of this footage was shot as inserts for movies.

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by Anonymousreply 5709/18/2020

^^ Really don't NOT BOTHER clicking on R57 if old film of real 1930s city life interests you. It's 5 ⭐️

by Anonymousreply 5809/18/2020


Unreal City, Under the brown fog of a winter dawn, A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many. Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled, And each man fixed his eyes before his feet. Flowed up the hill and down King William Street, To where Saint Mary Woolnoth kept the hours With a dead sound on the final stroke of nine. There I saw one I knew, and stopped him, crying: “Stetson!

by Anonymousreply 5909/18/2020

Colorized from 1901!!!

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by Anonymousreply 6009/19/2020

All the children have the faces of 40 year old people.

by Anonymousreply 6109/19/2020

Fisticuffs at the 5:00 point.

by Anonymousreply 6209/19/2020

What a bunch of FUGs. They all look inbred.

by Anonymousreply 6309/19/2020
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