Winter Warfare 1896


Footage by the pioneering French engineer and cinematograph inventor Louis Lumière of a snowball fight on a street in Lyon from 1896, upscaled and colourised by Joaquim Campa using the open source software DeOldify.

Your man on the bike, though. Classic bombardment.

Plus ça change…


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11 thoughts on “Winter Warfare 1896

  1. GiggidyGoo

    The guy in the hat having a pot shot at everyone must have been in training. He was almost floating to and from his victims.

    Ha Ha Haaaa
    Ho Ho Hoooo

    (In a French accent)

  2. theo kretschmar-schuldorff

    That’s really lovely.
    The lad on the bike’s hat falls off during the ambush, and he makes good his escape hat-less.
    You can see him realise this and weighs his options at the end. Poor fecker

  3. Gokkers

    Ah, the innocent prelude to WW1 and WW2, insanity when you think about it. Joseph goebbels was known to put stones in his.

    1. scottser

      A period known as ‘the great binge’ when everyone was off their chunk on store bought class A drugs and cheap gargle.

  4. Ger Nalist

    looks staged to me. would the guy on the bike really turn around and cycle back the way he came?

  5. Gabby

    Quelle débâcle dans la neige. The guy on the bike had a right to punch somebody’s nose – lui donner un coup de poing sur le nez. Snow etiquette is so important.

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