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April 16, 2014 7:29 PM   Subscribe

British Pathe releases 85K videos to YouTube. An archive of film from the late 1800s onward is now available on YouTube.
posted by bitmage (22 comments total) 86 users marked this as a favorite

 
I think most of these were previously available at the Pathe website. Compare: on Pathe vs. on YouTube .. the one on Pathe has a lot of extra information.
posted by stbalbach at 7:48 PM on April 16, 2014 [3 favorites]


And yet some how I had never seen "Ten Stone Baby Teased with Chocolate (1935)" before!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YZGG9Kw70BM
posted by wenestvedt at 8:05 PM on April 16, 2014 [4 favorites]


Compare: on Pathe vs. on YouTube .. the one on Pathe has a lot of extra information.
There is another difference. Compare: on Pathe vs. on YouTube .. the one on Pathe has a lot less resolution.
posted by unliteral at 8:22 PM on April 16, 2014


Also the one on Pathe needs me to install Flash to play it in my phone.
posted by Jahaza at 8:45 PM on April 16, 2014


This "Drive-In Bank" involved a turntable for your car! Crazy.
posted by me3dia at 9:10 PM on April 16, 2014


the guy whose job it was to upload these must have had an awesome job. just like, sit and browse the internet and play games all day while checking the progress bar occasionally.
posted by emptythought at 9:22 PM on April 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


Down in the forest, something stirred...and here at last is a chance to find out what.
posted by sonascope at 9:45 PM on April 16, 2014


For a second, I was all, "85K? I don't think my computer can handle that kind of resolution."
posted by Mister Moofoo at 10:10 PM on April 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


OK everyone, please link me to the best stuff so I don't sift through 85k...
posted by Theta States at 10:41 PM on April 16, 2014


This one is disturbing:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sf--I_LWpqc
The government is defeated, let's melt their faces!

This is what I was trying to find:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qnhxsRlUjMk
My great grandfather, released from prison, looking self conscious. A treasure!
posted by yaxu at 12:08 AM on April 17, 2014 [9 favorites]


This is brilliant, thanks! There is a remarkable amount of tragedy highlighted on the front pages, from drowning pilots to dying birdmen (if it bleeds it leads, I guess), but even so I could watch the Tacoma Bridge collapse all day long.
posted by chavenet at 1:56 AM on April 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


Buried Alive Stunt Goes Wrong (1949)

Stamp the earth down, slap it flat with shovels. What the hell did they think was going to happen?
posted by Paul Slade at 2:26 AM on April 17, 2014


No sound and drags in places but Britain's Effort is an amazing piece of early animation history. And now it's on YouTube I can link to the specific moment where Canadian Manhood enters, riding a moose.
posted by Erasmouse at 3:12 AM on April 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


> I could watch the Tacoma Bridge collapse all day long.

"...fortunately the only casualties that day were a car stalled on the bridge... and a dog!"

Times change, man.
posted by ardgedee at 3:58 AM on April 17, 2014 [3 favorites]


From wikipedia:

Tubby, a black male cocker spaniel, was the only fatality of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster; he was lost along with Coatsworth's car.

Professor Farquharson and a news photographer attempted to rescue Tubby during a lull, but the dog was too terrified to leave the car and bit one of the rescuers. Tubby died when the bridge fell, and neither his body nor the car were ever recovered.

Coatsworth had been driving Tubby back to his daughter, who owned the dog. Coatsworth received US$450.00 (US$7,600 with inflation) for his car and US$364.40 (US$6,100 with inflation) in reimbursement for the contents of his car, including Tubby.

posted by Pendragon at 4:13 AM on April 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


the guy whose job it was to upload these must have had an awesome job. just like, sit and browse the internet and play games all day while checking the progress bar occasionally.

It was probably more like:
Cool Guy Bossman: "Hey d00d, what up? We need these films uploaded by April 2014. Peace out, bro."
d00d: "But it's March 2014!"
posted by NoMich at 4:59 AM on April 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


Sitting watching a progress bar is a fair break from the job after having to write detailed text descriptions of 85,000 short films. I bet that took at least a couple days.
posted by ardgedee at 5:06 AM on April 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


They have a vintage fashion channel and I was interested to note a "Male Beauty" set. (Also a "Slimming and Fitness" set for the ladies.)
posted by immlass at 9:03 AM on April 17, 2014


Was there just a recent dump of lots of these, is there a press release or any news about that somewhere?

I'm excited by this, and intend to pass it on to a lot of friends...but I also see that some of the most popular clips have been online for over two years already. So what's the "releases" actually mean, OP?
posted by trackofalljades at 12:37 PM on April 17, 2014


So what's the "releases" actually mean, OP?

Presumably at least that both the project was completed and that Pathe released a press release (and a blog post.)
posted by Jahaza at 1:34 PM on April 17, 2014


While they had put some of the stuff up before, this article says:
The companies will roll out almost the entire library on Tuesday, April 15, on British Pathé’s YouTube channel
posted by Jahaza at 1:36 PM on April 17, 2014


This is the first FPP in 9 years of metafiltering that I sent along as links (with the accompanying news article) to my father.

Wow! Thank you.
posted by infini at 9:37 AM on April 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


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