92-year-old WW2 veteran flies Spitfire again – BBC News – YouTube

92-year-old female WWII Pilot flies her plane again, after 70 years.

Published on 7 May 2015

92-year-old Air Transport Auxiliary veteran Joy Lofthouse returns to the skies in a Spitfire 70 years on from the end of World War 2.
Seven decades after her last flight in the iconic plane, Joy described the experience as “lovely: it was perfect”, making her feel “quite young.” The ATA made an enormous contribution to the war effort by taking over from service pilots the task of ferrying Royal Air Force and Royal Navy warplanes between factories, maintenance units and front-line squadrons.

Two Nerdy History Girls: Friday Video from the Archives: A Glimpse Back to the Edwardian Past, c. 1900

This isn’t a single video, but a series of short, silent clips pieced together. The description notes that it’s also been “enhanced,” with the focus sharpened and the speed made consistent. That said, it’s a wonderful slice of Edwardian life, a medley of street scenes, factory-dominated landscapes, amusement parks, family

Source: Two Nerdy History Girls: Friday Video from the Archives: A Glimpse Back to the Edwardian Past, c. 1900

The only existing film images of Anne Frank, 1941

July 22 1941. The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom. It is the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film. At the time of her wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39. The Frank family lived at number 37, also on the second floor. (via the Anne Frank House)

Paris in 1900 – Exposition Universelle [Rare Footage]


The Exposition Universelle of 1900 was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. The style that was universally present in the Exposition was Art Nouveau.

More than 50 million people attended the exhibition (a world record at the time), yet it still failed to turn a profit, costing the French government 2,000,000 Francs. The fair included more than 76,000 exhibitors and covered 1.12 square kilometres of Paris.

The Exposition Universelle was where talking films and escalators were first publicized, and where Campbell’s Soup was awarded a gold medal (an image of which still appears on its label).  At the Exposition Rudolf Diesel exhibited his diesel engine, running on peanut oil. Brief films of excerpts from opera and ballet are apparently the first films exhibited publicly with projection of both image and recorded sound. The Exposition also featured many panoramic paintings and extensions of the panorama technique, such as the Cinéorama, Mareorama, and Trans-Siberian Railway Panorama.

The exhibition lasted from 14 April until 10 November 1900. A special committee, led by Gustave Eiffel, awarded a gold medal to Lavr Proskuryakov’s project for the Yenisei Bridge in Krasnoyarsk.

A number of Paris’ most noted structures were built for the Exposition, including the Gare de Lyon, the Gare d’Orsay (now the Musée d’Orsay), the Pont Alexandre III, the Grand Palais, La Ruche, and the Petit Palais. The first line of the Paris Metro also began operation to co-incide with the Exposition. Although completed in just 18 months, it was nevertheless slightly late, taking its first paying passengers to the Ancien Palais du Trocadéro site on 19 July 1900.

Part of the Exposition was the Second Olympic Games, which were spread over five months. So unnoted were these games that many athletes died unaware that they had been Olympians. The games also marked the first participation by female athletes and, in such sports as tennis, football (soccer), polo, rowing and tug of war, teams were multinational.  A Human Zoo was present at the exposition. The Finnish Pavilion at the Exposition was designed by the architectural firm of Gesellius, Lindgren, and Saarinen. It was published in Dekorative Kunst 3 (1900).

Source: YouTube

With thanks to The Nerdy History Girls for bringing this to my attention.

Youtube | Dambusters Documentary

‘Actor Martin Shaw takes to the skies to retrace the 1943 raid by 617 Squadron, which used a bouncing bomb to destroy German dams, in a bid to separate the facts from the myths surrounding the famous tale. He also talks to the last living RAF veteran of the mission, as well as a survivor of the tsunami that was caused by the Moehne dam’s destruction, and meets the secret wartime girlfriend of pilot Guy Gibson.’

Update: Rare Film of London in 1906 | National Film & Sound Archive of Australia

Following an informative comment from Jacqui North of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia on my original post, it appears that this film is from 1906, not 1904. Here is a documentary trailer that features the restored version.

Rare Film of London in 1906 | National Film & Sound Archive of Australia

Update 15-09-15: Following an informative comment from Jacqui North of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, it appears that this film is from 1906, not 1904. Please see her comment below for a link to the film that includes a restored version.


The short film clip below is part of a recently discovered documentary shot in 1906 which was made to introduce Australians to the delights (or otherwise!) of London.

British Pathé

Did you know that British Pathé has 85,000 Historical Films on YouTube

Here are three examples to whet your appetite. Be careful — if you’re a history junkie, you will find yourself spending hours, even days or weeks, exploring the archive!

Turn of the Century

Pathé’s Animated Gazette

The Hindenburg Disaster 1938