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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.

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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

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