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Christian Dior Fur Fashions!

Amazing and colourful clips of a rather exclusive Christian Dior fashion show featuring ready to wear fur coats in 1969

Christian Dior Fashion Show

Christian Dior Fashion Show

I love the exagerated movements of the models and choreography designed to create a real stir at this remarkable event.

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Italian police motorcycle display

I think this could quite possibly be my fave archive footage clip of all time. I found it whilst scrolling through some digibeta tapes looking for another story and was amazed at what I saw.

It has become one of the most viewed clips on the Diagonal View  youtube channel achieving almost 1 million hits and pops up on Facebook and Twitter from time to time.

On the 107th anniversary of the Italian police a magnificant formation motorcycling display was staged in front of President Giovanni Gronchi.

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Italian Police Motorcycle Display

Italian Police Motorcycle Display

Intricate geometric designs were intertwined via the fluid motion on the police bike riders.

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Miss Honeywell the robot girl

Miss Honeywell was an alleged robot that toured at trade exhibitions around the world to hawk products for various companies.

A press release from Honeywell Controls  suggested  that an actor called Jeremy Sebastian was the person inside the robot..

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Performing Fleas

I’ve always been fascinated by this performing fleas footage, wondering how long it took to harness up all the fleas how they knew to all go in the correct direction. These fleas were owned by Monsieur Robert’s flea circus which included flea jitterbug performances…

The fleas are sorted into running and jumping fleas (I had no idea there was a difference before this) and then permanently attached to a harness for the rest of their lives.

Visitors could then watch them via a Fresnel lens

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Turkish tradesmen

1925 story about tradesmen in Turkey

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Warm summer

Great footage of people enjoying warm weather at Chiswick open air baths in 1919.

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Skate sailing

Skate sailing on a frozen lake during the 1910’s

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Otto the giant

Otto stands next to another man to compare his huge size

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Blind Masseurs

A hilarious clip of a group of blind trainee masseurs feeling over the body of  huge strongman

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Gallican Gypsies

Rare imagery of traditional romany gypsy dancing in 1910

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