HISTORY (ON or ABOUT: FILM or PHOTOS)

The First Photo Of A Human (Or Two Humans? Or Three?) (NPR, Robert Krulwich Blog, November 1, 2010): Here’s a photo I blogged about last week. It shows a street in Paris, back in 1838. This picture, I said, may contain the first ever photographic image of a human being. He’s on the lower left, maybe getting his shoes shined.

Boulevard du Temple, Paris Louis Daguerre/via hokumburg.com

Colorized Boulevard du Temple by DaguerreEnlarge via Lunarlog

The Dictionary of Lost Moving-Picture Media (GearFuse.com, Posted by Matthew Battles on December 16, 2010, 12:12 PM): Think it’s hard keeping track of all the names for new technologies, protocols, and emergent media in the early twenty-first century? Then you have something in common with turn-of-the-last-century viewers trying to figure out what to call the various newfangled media of moving pictures. Here’s a piece from the “Times Topics” section of the January, 28, 1898 edition of the New York Times enumerating the many names for the newfangled medium, the motion picture…

Movie made from a moving trolley in San Francisco, April 14, 1906, just 4 days before the great earthquake. Streetcars, private cars, pedestrians and cyclists are all sharing Market Street.Dunkurque (France): Filmed From A Tram, 1913: Filmed from a moving trolley in Dunkurque (Dunkirk), France.Rare Color Footage of [1940] London Blitz Uncovered (Published by CBSNews.com, September 7, 2010 10:50 AM): CBS/AP) – Rare color film of Winston Churchill and of bomb damage inflicted on London during World War II has surfaced on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. …Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, March 25, 1911 (World News Network): Video and oral history of the tragedy. Heartbreaking and compelling. – MikeRare and Unusual Pictures: The Burns Collection (Newsweek, 10/4/2010): The Newsweek link is to a short photo slide presentation, or ‘sampler’.  Here is a link to the actual site of The Burns Archive.



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