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Lines of Communication
Entrenched support for the front lines: French engineers lay cables to enable HQ to direct troops from as far away as possible
Non-Fiction 1917 1 mins Silent
What these men wouldn't give for a mobile phone. Communication in war is key, and with the Western Front extending over 400 miles, both the telephone and the telegraph were essential to maintaining a coordinated campaign. This film is a great witness to the efforts of the unsung engineers as they lug cables down a six-foot trench, dug by hand, that stretches off onto the horizon.
1917 on Film
No Mischief Here Can Satan Find for Idle Hands to Do
1917 1 mins Silent
Pathe's series on WWI turns its eye homeward in this edition about the interning of enemy aliens
Great Red Cross Carnival at Rushden
Non-Fiction 1917 3 mins Silent Location: Rushden
Flags and patriotism on show in Rushden as local businesses pull out all the stops in this carnival procession.
Porte Flying Boat
Documentary 1917 11 mins Silent
Don't be fooled - she's no baby. The Porte Baby's name belies the true size of this monster flying boat!
Airship on a Mooring Mast
1917 7 mins Silent
High winds are not good for airships, especially when moored: this study demonstrates what happens when the winds blow
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1917 10 mins Silent
Anson Dyer imagines the characters behind newspaper adverts and brings them to life in this Kine Komedy Kartoon
Non-Fiction 1917 0 mins Silent Location: Haringey
A London concert singer attends a military religious service to bless two new ambulance held in a London park.
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film