Category Archives: History

The annual walkabout of Les Empaillés – grotesques enveloped in 30kg of sacking and straw  who roam around the Swiss municipality of Evolène on Carnaval Sunday – their demonic mugs scaring off evil spirits in a Celtic tradition dating back to the Bronze Age.

The figure on the left in the top pic is their friend, la Peluche.

But you knew that.


Lithographed, cloth-bound, gilded and embossed – classics from the first hundred years of the printed book cover (as we commonly understand it today).

MORE: The Art Of Book Covers, 1820 – 1914, (The Public Domain)


Footage of Paris recorded between 1896 and 1900 by pioneering fraternal filmmakers, Auguste and Luis Lumière, stabilised, foley sound added and slowed to natural rate by videographer Guy Jones.

0:08 – Notre-Dame Cathedral (1896)

0:58 – Alma Bridge (1900)

1:37 – Avenue des Champs-Élysées (1899)

2:33 – Place de la Concorde (1897)

3:24 – Passing of a fire brigade (1897)

3:58 – Tuileries Garden (1896)

4:48 – Moving walkway at the Paris Exposition (1900)

5:24 – The Eiffel Tower from the Rives de la Seine à Paris (1897)

Previously: New York City In 1911


Early 20th century footage of Tokyo as Japan emerged from the chaotic Meiji period toward a new era of militarism and industrialisation.

The footage has been corrected for speed with ambient sound added by EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam.

Earlier: Reel Time New York