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A two-wheeled convoy of Victorian gentlewomen in a charming early film enigma.
Interest film 1899 1 mins Silent
There's more than a little mystery to this charming film. It's been attributed to pioneer filmmaker James Williamson, on the basis that he lists a 'Military Ride' by lady cyclists in one of his early catalogues. It's hard to account for the word 'military', but it is an unusually good film for the year, taken from a vantage point in a large park and capturing the riders in all their elegance.
Even the date is uncertain - Lady Cyclists has been dated to 1899, but 'Military Ride' actually appeared in Williamson's 1898 catalogue. Is the date wrong, or the title, or both? For now, at least, the truth is elusive.
Non-Fiction 1901 9 mins Silent Location: Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Did he bowl or did he throw? A fascinating record of an early cricketing controversy.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne
Aspects of the Lancashire market town, with policemen, small girls, dogs and passers-by.
Non-Fiction 1896 2 mins Silent Location: Bradford
The earliest surviving footage of bustling Victorian Bradford.
Children Leaving Tyldesley Catholic School, Lodge Road (1901) Children Leaving Tyldesley Catholic School, Lodge Road (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Tyldesley
Edwardian boys and girls leave school, shuffled along by their earnest teachers.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Irvine
Dock workers unload grain from a cargo ship in Edwardian North Ayrshire.
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A rare glimpse of early Edwardian Manchester when the horse-drawn tram still reigned supreme.
Comedy 1906 6 mins Silent
Chaos reigns as the removal men do their worst…
Science Fiction 1906 3 mins Silent
The lengths that some people will go to, just to avoid a speeding ticket… in this case to Saturn and back.
Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations
Non-Fiction 1906 32 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra open new buildings at Marischal College, Aberdeen
The Medium Exposed? Or, A Modern Spiritualistic Seance The Medium Exposed? Or, A Modern Spiritualistic Seance
Comedy 1906 7 mins Silent
Faking the ability to contact the dead proves to be a big mistake for one Edwardian charlatan.
Comedy 1902 1 mins Silent
Grandma sews a patch on her grandson’s trousers
1903 1 mins Silent
Four-year-old girl and boy dance a mean cakewalk