Beautiful film of London, originally shot in color in 1926!

Following World War I, leaders of Britain, France, and Italy met in London to discuss the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire and the negotiation of agreements that would become the Treaty of Sèvres.

Entrepreneurs opened clubs and restaurants

“The lifting of war time restrictions in the early 1920s created new sorts of night-life in the West End. Entrepreneurs opened clubs, restaurants and dance halls to cater for the new crazes: jazz and dancing. The capital began to feel less traditional and more modern. ‘Wireless’ radio was the technological marvel of the decade.”

By 1921, the population of greater London was 7,386,755. With the advent of more cars, and electric railways, the many moved to new suburbs and commuted to the inner city.

First radio broadcast

In 1922, the first radio broadcast of the British Broadcasting Company (later, the British Broadcasting Corporation) took place from premises in the Strand

First traffic lights in 1926

In 1926, London’s first traffic lights were installed at Piccadilly. A general strike took place in the United Kingdom this same year that lasted 10 days, from 3 May 1926 to 13 May 1926. It was called by the general council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in an unsuccessful attempt to force the British government to act to prevent wage reduction and worsening conditions for 800,000 locked-out coal miners. There was little violence and the TUC gave up in defeat. In the long run, there was little impact on trade-union activity or industrial relations.

First colour film

This amazing film was shot in color during 1926 by Friese-Greene and his father William. They pioneered their own method of shooting in colour, back during the silent era. In the film Claude Friese-Greene demonstrated his colour method with the red buses, the blue sky, the dark stones of the buildings.london1

Claude Friese-Greene is a British-born cinema technician, filmmaker, and cinematographer, most famous for his 1926 collection of films entitled The Open Road.


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