Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Images of London in 1896

1896 is the first year that I've been able to find a video of. It just depicts London traffic, but it's still interesting to get a sense of what that was like. This other video from the same year shows the traffic over Blackfriars Bridge. I love the face on the guy who walks by looking at the camera. Birt Acres showed London its first moving picture on 14 January 1896. Other demonstrations of the film projector soon followed.

That summer at the Crystal Palace, Bridget Driscoll became the first person in the world to be killed in a car accident. The coroner said he hoped "such a thing would never happen again." That same year, Britain opened their first car factory.

In the fall, Queen Victoria was recognized as the longest reigning monarch in the history of England.

Piccadilly Circus 1896
Regent Street 1896
Hammersmith Bridge 1896
Clapham Rd 1896
Burlington House 1896
The words on the lamppost lead me to the next picture.
The Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly Circus 1896
David Devant started showing moving pictures there that year.
Another view of the Egyptian Hall in London in 1896
Georges Méliès performs "The Vanishing Lady"
(at the Egyptian Hall?) 1896
Street view of the Egyptian Hall 1896
Natural History Museum 1896
Clock Tower Houses of Parliament 1896
London Bridge 1896
Euston Station 1896
Chancery Lane 1896
UAOD (United Ancient Order of Druids) Lodges
Old Kent Road 1896
Six-day Race at the London Aquarium by Samuel Begg 1896
Inventor Guglielmo Marconi amazes a London
assemblage in 1896 with a demonstration
of wireless communication across a room.
Swami Vivekananda in London in December 1896.
Want more? Go further back to Images of London in 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, and 1895.

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