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Restored 1899 footage is like a time machine

By T.K. Randall
June 21, 2021 · Comment icon 8 comments

A glimpse back in time. Image Credit: YouTube / glamourdaze
Incredible film footage that's over 120 years old shows holidaymakers enjoying the seaside in France.
In recent years we've seen some truly impressive restoration footage thanks to AI enhancement techniques capable of restoring old films, not only in 4K and color, but also in a higher frame rate.

This latest example, which was uploaded this week, was filmed in Normandy, France (possibly by director Georges Melies) sometime around the year 1899.

It begins by showing crowds of people waiting at the station for the train (a steam locomotive) to take them to the seaside before switching to show them all enjoying the sea and sand.
What's incredible about videos like this is how the enhancements give them the appearance of something that was filmed recently, yet the footage itself shows a time long forgotten - an era of human history that we can now otherwise only read about in books.

The styles and sensibilities of this time period are clear to see, with men opting for three-piece suits and women decked out in elaborate dresses that wouldn't look out of place at a wedding.

It's certainly a far cry from today's skimpy beachwear.

When you consider that every single person in this footage died many years ago, it further emphasizes just how far back in history we are seeing and how different things once were to our world today.

Source: YouTube | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Manwon Lender 1 year ago
That was a wonderful look backward in time, and the images were very clear and well defined. It truly was an  amazing piece thanks very much for sharing I really enjoyed it.  Wow!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Susanc241 1 year ago
The year my grandfather was born! Amazing footage. The correction to speed of film really brings these people to life. Love it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Manwon Lender 1 year ago
It was truly great, how we have the ability today to bring back antique film footage like this. It truly is like entering a time machine to viewing the past as it happened. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Raptor Witness 1 year ago
I've been watching these restored videos on YouTube for awhile now, and they are truly, mesmerizing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Vox 1 year ago
What a fantastic piece of work.  Makes me sad though, to think that everyone that’s in that film is no longer around.
Comment icon #6 Posted by papageorge1 1 year ago
It reminds me of how much more prideful people were in their clothing and appearance back then. I bet if they were teleported to today they would think how sloppy, lazy and uncaring we are in our appearance. I was watching even the 1968 World Series on YouTube and it seemed suits were the norm for men in the seats. How fast human society changes.
Comment icon #7 Posted by toast 1 year ago
The beach dress code was quite strange back then.
Comment icon #8 Posted by mesuma 1 year ago
That was fascinating. Even to imagine they had no idea how much the world would change in the next 100 years.

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