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Drill of the Kansas City Fire Department
Incredible scenes at Crystal Palace highlight cutting edge firefighting 1900 style
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins Silent
The boys of the Kansas City Fire Department demonstrate their rapid harnessing techniques in an impressive dash along the Italian Terrace at Crystal Palace, in this superior example of an early film staple. In record time, the horses are uncoupled from the engine and the boys follow up with a dramatic display of releasing the hoses. If only the boys had been there in 1936 when the Palace burned to the ground...
The 'fire brigade turn out' was a popular spectacle in the Victorian example, and survives in numerous films, with no doubt many more lost.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
Durham Light Infantry veterans collect their medals for valour in the Boer War.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: St Helens
Members of this Friendly Society stream past the camera.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Widnes
A multitude of Lancashire schoolchildren is ushered past the camera.
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
The annual championship meeting of England's premier athletics association.
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Accrington
Marching bands and local volunteers fill the streets of the Lancashire town.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Carlisle
The circus comes to town in wintery Carlisle.
Industry sponsored film 1978 4 mins Silent Location: Crystal Palace
Take a trip down memory lane to a time when a fleet of the popular RT buses serves the capital and congestion is still a thing of the future.
Opening of Crystal Palace Track inc. 100 yards & Long Jump Opening of Crystal Palace Track inc. 100 yards & Long Jump
Amateur film 1968 2 mins Silent Location: Crystal Palace
On your marks, get set, go! Athletes grace the new running track at Crystal Palace with a series of thrilling athletics events and races.
Amateur film 1967 4 mins Silent Location: Crystal Palace
Detailed recording of the many process involved in laying the Tartan track at the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium ahead of the 1968 Olympics.
Amateur film 1930 7 mins Silent Location: Brooklands
The Kings of Speed - 30s style - thrill the crowds at Brooklands - the world's first purpose built motor racing circuit
Sport 1911 0 mins Silent Location: Crystal Palace
It’s the 40th FA Cup final and Bradford City face Newcastle United.
Amateur film 1975 5 mins Silent Location: Erith
Lose all sense of time as Tall ships, dinosaurs and Spitfires make for a temporally confusing trip through South London.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.