Former newsreel maker British Pathé has uploaded its entire historic archive to YouTube.
British Pathé, originally known as Pathé News, was founded in 1896 and produced news reels from 1910 from 1970. For those who don’t know what a news reel was, it was a news broadcast usually played before the beginning of a movie at the cinema’s, from an age prior to the adoption of television (television ultimately killed the concept.)
The collection includes 3,500 hours of historical footage of major events, notable figures, fashion, travel, sports and culture, according to Variety. It includes extensive film from both World War I and World War II.
According to a statement on their website, General Manager Alatair White said:
“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them…this archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”
The uploads also include some interesting clips the rise of technology. A few as follow.
The Home Computer…with the memory of 100 elephants.
Electronic Horse Racing