Restored video of High Street in Marseille, France in 1896

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/01/22/restored-video-of-high-street.html

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#2

Wow, that was very well preserved.

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Pregnant Dwarf Hamster Behavior is the name of my new band. We were calling ourselves Polar Bear Milk Hat, but we could never get any gigs.

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Common mistake. The truth is, back in the old days people used to walk with herky-jerky movements and most anywhere you looked there was dust and scratch marks hovering in midair.

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Chocolate Russe du Bebe

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Google translate gives me “Russian baby chocolate”, and I can’t come up with a single interpretation that doesn’t make me cringe.

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#7

This new video certainly tells us a different story.

(I’m sorry.)

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#8

I LOVE this!!! This is contemporary with Sherlock Holmes canon!

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I think that the “du Bebe” part would be the brand - like, there was a cheerful laughing baby on the package or something like that.

“Chocolat Russe”, I’m not sure what that would be - a cake, a type of cocoa, a drink. No idea.

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My imagery was more along these lines…

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i’m always amazed at how chaotic streets were back then: people standing in the middle, crossing wherever they want, animals running amuck, and then vehicles moving along. it’s a wonder the death and injury rates weren’t astronomical.

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#12

This is so well done! For a long time people who transferred old movies to video would always do it way too fast, apparently assuming that films have always had the same high frame rate. Only in the last few years do we see people do it right.

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#13

They often were, at least compared to urban pedestrian deaths today.

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#14

Umm, there’s no street called “High Street” in Marseille… This is probably Le Canabière. Still really cool to see :+1:

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Things were simpler when nothing could move faster than a trotting horse.

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Yes, for example Pierre Curie (Marie’s husband) died in 1906 from being run over by a horse cart in Paris, and this wasn’t viewed as a particularly strange way to die.

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I assumed he meant it in the British sense of the main commercial strip.

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Didn’t know that was a thing (am American). Is it always capitalized?

ETA In Denver where I live, there actually is a street named “High Street,” but it is not a major commercial strip.

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Reminds me of an episode of That 70’s Show where the gang went through great effort to steal a street sign.

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I found this ad, apparently originally from the Russian auction site Violity:

Unfortunately I could only find the image so I don’t know anything else about it.

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