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12 Million Historic Photos Scanned to Web

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the little-slices-of-history dept.

News 148

Snosty writes "The Globe and Mail is reporting that British Pathe, a cinema news service dating to the 19th century, has scanned one image for every second of their 3500 hours of 35mm film. That makes for 12 million images covering everything from the Boer War to the Beatles available on their web site!"

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148 comments

Not a single... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208433)

Not a single post and its incurs the wrath of Slashdot.

Re:Not a single... (0)

fhpaterek (540918) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208459)

Talk about history flashing before your eyes.... Help my last moment has come. Oh duh, it is just a website.

Vote JEB! in 2008! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208643)

Daddee Bush's stellar record:
1. "Read my lips : know new taxes!"
2. Can you say recession?
3. At war with the A-rabs!
4. ... but didn't have the stones to finish the job!
5. (oh, and don't forget Silverado! Destroying the middle class, phase I)

Jr:

1. What's that you say, A-rabs are flying jumbo jets into American landmarks?!!! I've never heard of such a thing!
2. Talk about bad timing, the economy's in the tank (again!)
3. 87 BILLION?!!! We'll just get the taxpayers (== middle class) to pay for it
4. Hmmmm, maybe we didn't think this "WAR!" thing all the way through...
5. Let's send all our troops to Afghanastan, then cut their pay
6. And while they're all busy in Iraq, let's irritate N Korea's nuclear inferiority complex

Let's be realistic here. Jr's pissed off too many people to possibly win a second term. So let's focus on JEB! in 2008. He's done great things to^H^H for Florida. He can do the same to^H^H the U.S.!

Uhh, not quite... (3, Informative)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208619)

Uhh, no, not quite accurate. I tried looking at the archive after reading this story [bbc.co.uk] on the BBC yesterday. It was down then, so I'm not surprised it's still down now. More a case of BBCed than slashdotted.

Give them a few days to realise that their press releases were a bit more effective than they originally anticipated and I'm sure that the site will be alright.

Re:Uhh, not quite... (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208799)

it's not down now, at least not to me.

quite nifty.. certainly useful if you're doing some school presentation or whatever.

.

Will we feel the wrath when... (2, Informative)

DMCBOSTON (714393) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208652)

...the /. 'ers remember who bought the Bettmann Archive?
According to the article, "Peter Fydler, archive marketing director at..." which implies they WILL sell it, probably commercially to news organizations or whatever (think History Channel)seems balanced by "By using the newsreel archive to create a huge collection of still images, people can have access free of charge to printable pictures, which will add to their enjoyment of history," he said.
So it seems that this archive will be freely available for non-commercial and research use.

BBC too. (0)

ideatrack (702667) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208438)

The BBC have a small article with a few pictures too.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/in_pictures/31 87316.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Re:BBC too. (0)

ideatrack (702667) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208465)

Incidentally, did anyone else look at the third image and think it was just a behind the scenes picture from Blackadder? It's uncanny.

Baldrick! (0)

adeyadey (678765) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208646)

You beat me to it. But I do have a cunning plan..

FUCK YOU (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208443)

Fucking cocksucking bastards.

SO MUCH ANGER AND HOSTILLITY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208705)

Demonstarating so much pent up anger and hostillity can only mean that YOU ARE A HOMOSEXUAL.

Re:SO MUCH ANGER AND HOSTILLITY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208739)

But at least he's not an Apple user!

Very cool... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208448)

.... now to download them all, and make some movies!

- DRFSR

Re:Very cool... (0)

l3prador (700532) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208461)

They're slashdotted aren't they...?

I just wish ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208463)

... it was a pr0n film!

Hi-Res? (2, Interesting)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208466)

Are the scans Hi-Res so that photo quality prints can be reproduce well into the future? The article seems to say they are streamlined for download over a 56K Modem. I hope there are Hi-Res versions available too

Yes (2, Informative)

3.5 stripes (578410) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208501)

But you have to purchase them.

I saw the site yesterday. Nice resource.

Re:Hi-Res? (1)

CuriousGeorge113 (47122) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208730)

Quoted directly from the homepage:

"You can also license higher resolution copies of the same items for PowerPoint Presentations and Web Publishing, or simply buy a still from the item for private use."

Honestly, did you even read it????

Typical Slashdot joke: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7209181)

Honestly, did you even read it????
You're new here, aren't you?

Re:Hi-Res? (3, Insightful)

Knights who say 'INT (708612) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208963)

I took a couple of courses on film archiving and preservation back when I was a film school student, so I guess I have a couple of things to point out here.

1) One would think they want to profit from licensing the hi-res images for commercial use. I don't really know if it's okay to release important images from important early films that geeks of my kind value and cherish for commercial iconographic use just per se. I understand BP's need to be financially compensated for their trouble, but at least do it for money.

and, 2) Proper preservation must be taken in the original form. 35mm films should be transcribed to 35mm so they can be watched in original form in the future. I think nitrate must be sacrificed (even though they say it has a different glow on projeciton) and acetate used instead, but the importance of original media in film archiving is not to be understated.

This is a subject that really touches a nerve down with my deepest feelings, so, um, forgive me if I got cocky or arrogant or anything.

holy crap! (2, Insightful)

beady (710116) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208467)

A use for the Storage Tank [slashdot.org] perhaps

Re:holy crap! (1)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208621)

Nah, even assuming they're 250k a peice, that's 4,000 per GB, 3TB total. 3TB isn't that much. And, obviously, if they're smaller, that total only goes down.

Re:holy crap! (1)

SphynxSR (584774) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208897)

maybe there using gallery [menalto.com] .

fauxking hysterical corepirate nazi billyonerrors, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208469)

discovered to be scanning the web, attempting to delete/demoralize millions of hobbyist dogooder's collective efforts.

lookout bullow.

consult with/trust in yOUR creator... get ready to see the light.

Re:fauxking hysterical corepirate nazi billyonerro (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208641)

i think you mean "demORALize".

that's the spirit.

Quick thinking (1)

mukund (163654) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208473)

"That makes for 12 million images covering everything from the Boer War to the Beatles available on their web site!"

... the website which is not available anymore thanks to /.

Re:Quick thinking (1, Informative)

Hieronymus Howard (215725) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208536)

The site's been suffering from the 'slashdot effect' since yesterday when the BBC and various other news sites announced it. Slashdot is a day behind everyone else with this story. I tried it a few hours ago and couldn't reach it then. No chance now.

HH

Re:Quick thinking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208871)

right you are. slashdot is behind the curve on this story. haven't been able to get to this site since yesterday morning (US e.t). slashdot

Re:Quick thinking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7209210)

Arrogant. The website wasn't available last night long before slashdot posted the story.

So who thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208478)

that it would be a good idea to post an image heavy site on the front page of a news site... oh wait-- this is slashdot.

!!*

Re:Slashdotted !! (1)

danknight (570145) | more than 10 years ago | (#7210257)

Anyone have a mirror ??..

This is great (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208494)

For me to poop on

Here's a mirror (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208500)

of the greatest photo of all time:

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already? (-1, Redundant)

unk1911 (250141) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208504)

first post and they are slashdotted already!

Re:already? (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208537)

Heck, this was dead even before you could fp! I tried checking it from The Mysterious Future, but it was already DOA.

Perfect job for interns! (3, Funny)

DrFlex (711207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208507)

Here in Canada, internship salaries are partly financed by the government.

The job of scanning 1 image of every second of 3500 hours worth of footage seems like the perfect intership.

Starts out interesting...
Quickly becomes boring...
After a while you want to throw up each time you make a scan...
Half way through you actually throw up every time you scan a second...
When you're done, all that is left is an insensible blow of twitching flesh!

I'm stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7210165)

In communist Canda, the interns ship you!

Licences? (1)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208513)

Does anyone know what the licences are for these pictures? I could think of a zillion cool art projects, if the pictures are available enough. ~D

Re:Licences? (1)

Robmonster (158873) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208595)

I'm also keen to find this out........

Even I couldn't use all 12 million images, but would be interested if there were a subset available for public use.

If you can't spell license (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208614)

If you can't spell license, you don't deserve to be granted one.

Re:If you can't spell license (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208697)

C0RNH0LE JEW C0RNH0LE Y0U!!!

Re:If you can't spell license (1)

benito27uk (646600) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208802)

No they do know how to spell licence, just they use the British way.

Re:If you can't spell license (1)

Dan-DAFC (545776) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208932)

Actually, it's still wrong. In British English licence is a noun and license is a verb (c.f. practice and practise).

Re:If you can't spell license (1)

Dan-DAFC (545776) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209532)

Or more correctly, the original poster was indeed correct, so just ignore me.

Re:If you can't spell license (1)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209834)

Ahh... Probably someone in a foul humour about the colour of their armour. Look 'em up before you complain... http://www.m-w.com ~D

Re:Licences? (0)

ideatrack (702667) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209075)

According to the BBC (this is the only reference I can find with the site down) "All stills in the archive are freely available to the public for research and teaching purposes." So if you can showhorn it into one of those catagories, you're fine.

Re:Licences? (1)

nut (19435) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209993)

From the website:
For private use only, but you can purchase additional rights, I don't know what the terms would be. Follow a link to a particular image and see shopping basket buttons and an email address archive.sales@itn.co.uk

Link is slow, here's the text (0)

scumbucket (680352) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208515)

London -- A collection of more than 12 million photographs, capturing scenes from the Boer War to the D-Day landings, was published on the Internet yesterday.

The images, which date back to the turn of the 20th century, have been captured from the archives of the British Pathe newsreel, a cinema news service that predated television.

The unique collection has been created by rescanning every inch of the archive's 3,500 hours of 35mm film.

A still image has been produced from every second of film, ranging from the earliest flickering monochrome pictures of the Boer War in 19th-century Africa, to Pathe's coverage of London in the swinging sixties, to the opium dens of Ann Arbor, Michigan where Cmdr Taco and his minions hold sway.

Peter Fydler, archive marketing director at Britain's Independent Television News, which owns British Pathe, said the collection should provide a powerful learning aid and a trip down memory lane.

"By using the newsreel archive to create a huge collection of still images, people can have access free of charge to printable pictures, which will add to their enjoyment of history," he said.

The collection can be accessed at http://www.britishpathe.com.

Memorable images include John Lennon and Paul McCartney with their 1964 NME award, and two unidentified soldiers seen after their rescue from Dunkirk in 1940. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is pictured enjoying a football match at London's Wembley Stadium at the height of the Second World War.

Wow (1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208519)

That makes for 12 million images covering everything from the Boer War to the Beatles available on their web site!
That makes for there server dying under the Slasdhot effect!

Next, Churchill to the Clash (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208784)

"covering everything from the Boer War to the Beatles"

Why'd the skip the A's?

Historical benefit (4, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208523)

So, the posting of photographic archives like this are crucial to historians and historical research. It is absolutely amazing how much information can be gleaned from photographs in terms of street names, individuals, automobile license plates etc... that enable one to pull out the history from bits of information surrounding the subject in photographs. Recently, I was given access to an archive of photos from my late grandfather who was in the OSS, and I am absolutely amazed at the amount of history in these photos. There are images of the meeting with Stalin, Rosevelt and Churchill, images of partisans stringing up Musolini, images of streets and individuals that I would absolutely love to spend time investigating, perhaps even getting another Ph.D. thesis out of it.

Re:Historical benefit (1)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208779)

I recently moved to Germany and a good friend of mine invited me to go through the basement of one of her parents houses with her, part of a cleanup project, in case I found anything interesting for my new place.

I found a box of about 200 photo's from her father, collecting dust, from when he was in the Wermacht during WW2.

By trade, he was an architect and a fairly good one, and after the war he primarily worked on re-constructing and building new churches, so you can imagine what his b&w photo's of the areas of Europe in which he traveled during the war are like... and the inclusion of his Nazi war story makes for a very interesting story indeed, perhaps made more poignant by the fact that this is now my neighborhood. This stack of photo's is like a thick novel, in many ways. (I also have 3 of his and his brothes' oil paintings on the walls in my pad, incidentally... my 'other Moogs', heh heh...)

Truly fascinating stuff, and interesting how technology (portable, cheap b&w photography) allowed for a very intimate personal history to have formed, long after the departure of the individual.

Re:Historical benefit (1)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208843)

I am sure there are large number of cases such as these. It would be facsinating to provide a solution to this as many of these photos deteriorate over time. It seems to me that this is an ideal opportunity for some large corporation with ties to databases, information management or storage to provide a repository for images that people would like to scan in and submit so that these images are not lost to history. It would be great advertising and a good way to develop tools for the management of such resources.

I have been thinking actually of hosting many of these images on one of my servers when I get the time to see if anyone can fill in the history of some of my photos. Sort of like opensouce history. Yes?

Re:Historical benefit (1)

stephenbooth (172227) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209059)

Great idea. Unfortunately, I suspect that as soon as such a project got off the ground there would be a backlash from privacy advocates claiming that it was an invasion of their privacy by the CIA/FBI/KGB/Home Land Security/Microsoft/USENET Cabal/etc.

I've clearly been in /.too long.

Stephen

Re:Historical benefit (1)

The Limp Devil (513137) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209685)

Don't forget the many people who wish to change history. Being a historian can sometimes land you in hot water for just that reason. Just take a look at Turkish reactions to anyone who mentions the genocide of Armenians in 1918.

Re:Historical benefit (1)

PD (9577) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209768)

That's exactly why everyone with a camera, regardless of skill or quality of equipment, should take photos of mundane objects in their neighborhood.

-What did a fire hydrant look like 100 years ago? I don't mean a fuzzy distant image, but what was the surface like? Was their writing on it? How many close-ups of fire hydrants as they were installed 100 years ago exist?

-What was a typical telephone pole like 100 years ago? Usually they have boxes and other things sprouting all over. These might have been different back then.

-How about street signs. I remember them being smaller when I was a kid, but I have no idea of how streets were marked 100 years ago.

These are things that are interesting to some people, and if you get out there and take a bunch of photos of your town, there will be historians who will thank you and also remember your name 100 or 200 years from now.

Remember, digital photos might not last. If you're going for the historical archive, you need to use black and white film, and black and white paper. (careful of the pseudo C-41 Black and White film that's out now. might not last)

Re:Historical benefit (2, Funny)

Threni (635302) | more than 10 years ago | (#7210044)

"That's exactly why everyone with a camera, regardless of skill or quality of equipment, should take photos of mundane objects in their neighborhood."

I don't think there's going to be a shortage of mundane photographs anytime soon - especially with the fact that you can't even buy a mobile phone now without it having a camera embedded in it.

> Was their writing on it?

It probably was their writing, yes.

>How many close-ups of fire hydrants as they were >installed 100 years ago exist?
>What was a typical telephone pole like 100 years ago?

Man, are you tripping?

Archives of historic/public-domain images? (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208531)

Does anyone know of any archives of historic and otherwise public-domain (IP-hassle free) images? Something that might allow sharing (contributions) from the community?

Someone suggested Deviantart, but it appeared to be only recent artwork.

Re:Archives of historic/public-domain images? (3, Informative)

abevilac (715983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208766)

The Library of Congress has a long term project called "American Memory" which collects images in American history though some are copyrighted others are public domain. http://memory.loc.gov/

If your tastes are as morbid as mine (NSFW) (1)

jamehec (703164) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209544)

You can get plenty of historic death photos at cadaver.org (AdultCheck ID required). It's fascinating to see that "the good old days" had their share of violence and gore. Dunno if they take submissions, though.

"Criminals are made, not born." Andrew Kehoe

Isn't that a *BSD site? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7209794)

Isn't cadaver.org a *BSD download mirror?

Reminded of a Billy Joel tune (1)

ajensen (155948) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208534)

The first thing that came to mind as I was browsing the gallery was the classic tune "We didn't start the fire" by Billy Joel -- all that history, crammed into one exceptional website. Absolutely fantastic.

Bravo!

-a

OIC. Do people ever refer to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208789)

you as being "special" or "slow"..?

How long till they start charging (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208539)

How long till they start charging because their bandwidth is going to go through the roof. Wonder if there are any (c) images in the bunch.

Mmm... (0)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208540)


Mmmm.... 19th century pr0n in all it's unshaven glory...

Re:Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7210054)

Hey, grubie, tell me, why are you such a fucking no-class wanker with no sense of culture?

Re:Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7210255)

I wish I had mod points so I could mod you the fuck down. In 50 messages so far, yours was the ONLY one that was so stupidly out-of-place as to scream "I am a juvenile idiot". Do us a favour, FAOD.

Wow is there server gonna die (1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208544)

Google Cache [216.239.59.104]

Karma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208675)

WHORE

Re:Wow is there server gonna die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208749)

THEIR not THERE

Americans can't even write anymore, forget historic documents about the USA.

Re:Wow is there server gonna die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208790)

hmm, it's no use since Google doesn't cache images.

Site is /.ed hardcore (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208549)

Here are some cache links

a href = bbc1.co.uk/story/bp/loadimg?BritPathPhoto=1
a href = bbc1.co.uk/story/bp/loadimg?BritPathPhoto=2
a href = bbc1.co.uk/story/bp/loadimg?BritPathPhoto=3
a href = bbc1.co.uk/story/bp/loadimg?BritPathPhoto=4
a href = bbc1.co.uk/story/bp/loadimg?BritPathPhoto=5 ......
a href = bbc1.co.uk/story/bp/loadimg?BritPathPhoto=12000000

...and it runs Linux! (1)

borgdows (599861) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208555)

according to Netcraft, the website runs Linux Apache/1.3.26 (Unix) Debian GNU/Linux mod_ssl/2.8.9 OpenSSL/0.9.6g

I wonder what is the database used though.

Not down, just slooooow (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208559)

Looks like the servers are crawling, but not quite dead...

they only coved the 'B's? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208606)

12 million images covering everything from the Boer War to the Beatles

in reverse order besides? (the Beatles to the Boer War)

(and as lame as this post is, the lameness filter missed it.)

congeatulations! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208620)

you are the one-millionth website to be slashdotted by our system. if there's anything special we can do for you, anything at all, don't hesitate to ask!

Photo Coverage (1, Funny)

nucal (561664) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208636)

I can only hope that they covered the Goatse image ...

no, I mean REALLY covered it!

frotieth post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208644)

fuck whitey

Slashdotted - NOPE just lame (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208650)

This was all over the press yesterday - slashdot are a bit slow on this one.

But it was unavaiable yesterday as well...so Im afraid the slashdot cant take the credit for bringing them down this time...

Do they have pictures? (1)

Daath (225404) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208711)

Do they have pictures of their server burning right now? ;)

Great... (1)

hookedup (630460) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208728)

I couldnt get on the site _before_ it was posted on slashdot, guess i'll have to wait a couple days now. I'm guessing mirrors are out of the question :)

Article submission: (1)

stienman (51024) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208729)

cyberpantheon writes "The Globe and Mail is reporting that British Pathe was slashdotted back to the 19th century"

-Adam

Just the B's? (2, Funny)

worst_name_ever (633374) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208733)

That makes for 12 million images covering everything from the Boer War to the Beatles

How many images will there be once they finish the rest of the alphabet?

Mirror? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208764)

I would have, but my idle 10 terabyte storage farm is in the shop.

From the site: (2, Informative)

RenderMonkey (569683) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208821)

"Now you are here you can preview items from the entire 3500 hour British Pathe Film Archive which covers news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970.

"You can also license higher resolution copies of the same items for PowerPoint Presentations and Web Publishing, or simply buy a still from the item for private use.

"Requests for other rights or formats should be addressed to archive.sales@itn.co.uk Just type in what you are looking for above and within minutes you could own a little piece of history!"

Their FAQ [britishpathe.com] sortof addresses the allowable uses of the previews:

"What am I allowed to do with my free Preview Files?

"They were made available on-line principally as an educational resource. We hope that they will stimulate an interest in modern history amongst younger people, and help older generations to understand the 20th century in a broader context.

"We encourage users to share Preview Files that they download with colleagues and friends around the world via e-mail. We would ask that this is not achieved by publishing Preview Files on-line. The only instance where we feel this might be appropriate is within a closed user group in an educational environment.

"Above all we would like users to enjoy discovering the past through our wonderful archive, and would hope that in return the images downloaded are not misused in any way."

Really specific there, one would think they could come up with a slightly more defined policy.

On the site that handles sales of British Pathe assets they specifically state that:

"The British Pathe archive is perhaps the world's most famous newsreel collection. Spanning the period 1896-1970, the collection comprises 3,500 hours and contains some of the most iconic images ever caught on camera. The entire archive has been remastered and fully digitised. It is now possible to view every second of this outstanding collection online through this web site and there is absolutely no charge for this facility.

"Unfortunately, British Pathe material is not available for license to companies based in North America or other NTSC territories."

Of course that is for the actual footage, no help with licensing for the still images though. A great archive and it will be an excellent resource for many. Hopefully they can clarify the use of the preview still images though.

Slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7208832)

That makes for 12 million images covering everything from the Boer War to the Beatles available on their web site!

Not anymore.

History (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 10 years ago | (#7208877)

Its nice to see this and hopefully it will be around for a while. I would be intrested to see what sort of technology the use for storing all this and quick recall. A nice FCA Array would be a nice starting point I suppose

rus

Not the same (1)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209026)

The pictures aren't the same without the clipped middle-class British accents of the announcers. It's virtually impossible to find anyone over here who speaks like that anymore, so I suspect they were putting it on for effect ;-)

Re:Not the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7210068)

"It's virtually impossible to find anyone over here who speaks like that anymore, so I suspect they were putting it on for effect ;-) "

Or that the accent was a product of the time, which was 60 years ago.

of course... (1)

Bobman1235 (191138) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209041)

All that work goes up in a puff of smoke as the slashdot effect takes its deadly toll....

One image for every second (1)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209089)

They can accomplish the same goal by streaming their videos on Windows Media or RealPlayer! They don't even have to hire anyone to do the manual labor.

I'm going to sue slashdot for misinformation (1)

dcordeiro (703625) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209125)

3500x3600=12.6 Million...

They should refer them as 12 Mebi pictures then :P

Re:I'm going to sue slashdot for misinformation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7209920)

Mebi. Mebi not.

God could not be reached for comment. (1)

Starlet Monroe (512664) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209162)

In related news, Pathe has delivered an Immediate Cease And Desist letter to God, claiming prior ownership of all history and requiring that God pay a licensing fee before continuing to direct human events.

javascript? (1)

bobrk (62170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209189)

I went to the site with Safari and it gave me a javascript warning! Sheesh. Please. Safari has javascript. What are they looking for?

Then it played its cheesy flash intro and stopped.

I'd love to see the pictures, but they have to get rid of the M$ bloatware.

Free stuff on archive.org (2, Interesting)

Bazman (4849) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209313)

www.archive.org has a fantastic collection of free movies, including some newsreels, all free to use and redistribute - look here [archive.org] .

The Prelinger archive there is a wonderful treasury of historical material. And the free license means you can cut n paste any of it into your own video projects.

wow, (1)

tka (548076) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209624)

that many pictures must have somekind of effect on images.google.com. ;)

That is ofcourse the pictures are cached to it.

Anyone care to mirror this site? (1)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209813)

:)

Hehe. Hehehehehehehe.

So what's wrong with MPEG? (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 10 years ago | (#7209862)

Or am I supposed to print them, staple them together and make a flip book like the good ol' days?

Re:So what's wrong with MPEG? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7210199)

Or you could just click on the "Watch Video for free" option instead?
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