Friday, April 26, 2013

When Life Moved at a Slower Pace

While researching immigrant populations in London the other day, I stumbled across this rather fascinating (and short) film clip showing traffic on Blackfriars Bridge in 1896. That's 70+ years after the end of the Regency period, but it's still a good reminder of just how slow life was in the days before the adoption of the automobile. Many of the wagons are only moving at the same pace as the walkers.

And wouldn't you like to know what is in the newspaper that boy is walking along reading?


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LOgalinOR said...

Thanks for a glimpse of a bygone era--utterly fascinating! These old film clips are precious! I wouldn't mind going back to a slower pace of life.
Sorry about the barrage of spammers that you have to deal with. It must be quite annoying-is there anything you can do to avoid them? Don't forget it was a full moon, coincidence?

Liz said...

Love it. It's the same year my grandmother was born--I recognize the mutton-chop sleeves from family photos. Having been raised by my grandparents and my great-aunt, all of them born in the early 1890s, I was fortunate enough to experience a bit of that slower paced life. Too bad that it didn't serve to teach me to cope with the 21st century!

cs harris said...

LOgalinOR, I know, the spamming is driving me crazy. But short of making anyone who wants to comment sign in and type one of those squiggly words (am I the only one who can never get them right?), I don't know what I can do about it. If anyone has any ideas...

Liz, that must have been very interesting indeed to be raised by women of that generation. I could do with a slower pace now!

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paz said...

The spammers are something else. They do ruin it for everyone. Though at times they kind of can be hilarious. Did you ever think your work was fastidious (ooh, is that a noob?) And whod've thunk you'd become tech savvy by drinking kosher oj?!

I loved the video, and so did my kids. I did notice that even back then there were some speedsters, overtaking the rest. And with no lanes!

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Anonymous said...

Great film clip. Loved the one guy who turns around to stare at the camera with the "what in the heck are you doing" look. The link then led me through several other clips of first photos and such. I love going down bunny trails. And, what is with all the spammers? It's gotten so bad. Thanks for persevering and keeping on posting for those of us that like to keep up with you/your writing. Sabena

cs harris said...

Paz, I can't help but wonder how all this spamming can be worth while; surely no one actually clicks on those things?

Sabena, yes, after I posted it I saw the links to the other videos. They're fascinating.

Anonymous said...

agree -things were slower and people were much better dressed. but the boy with newspaper reminds me of everybody today who walks and reads their phones with the same intensity. here in NYC it scares me to death. at least he wasnt crossing the street which is what they do here!

cs harris said...

Ali, I thought the same thing about the boy walking along reading--people really haven't changed all that much, even if the technology has.

Charles Gramlich said...

Wow. Amazing how our technology has changed, although the "humanness" of our character hasn't changed much at all.That newspaper was probably full of fear and gossip, much like today.

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