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Ladies on Bicycles
Anyone for synchronised cycling? Victorian belles show off their riding skills.
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins
The Victorian bicycling boom led to some bizarre sporting events, such as this synchronized cycle ride. Ladies clubs in particular were encouraged to cycling 'gymkhanas' like this one. This is probably an event at Catford in 1899, captured by film pioneer Cecil Hepworth, but there was also a similar event at the Glasgow Exhibition of 1901.
Government sponsored film 1945 4 mins
Cycling stunts and sight gags in a music hall curio.
Travelogue 1956 15 mins Location: Rugby
A wonderful short film, produced by British Transport Films, about travelling around Britain by bicycle - with the help of the odd train.
Amateur film 1949 25 mins Silent Location: Ben Nevis
Join four clean-cut intrepid youngsters on an awfully big 1940s adventure as they sing and cycle their way around the youth hostels of scenic Scotland in glorious colour. Tally ho!
Comedy 1914 2 mins Silent Location: Teddington
A clumsy oversized cyclist causes chaos in this knockabout silent comedy.
Interest film 1899 1 mins Silent
A two-wheeled convoy of Victorian gentlewomen in a charming early film enigma.
Non-Fiction 1976 6 mins Location: Arbury Park
Bone shakers, penny farthings and other antique cycles live on in Warwickshire rural retreat.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.