London in Color – 1927

This beautiful video was taken┬áby an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting with. It’s like a beautifully dusty old postcard you’d find in a junk store, but moving. (Found at Vimeo).

Music by Jonquil and Yann Tiersen.

 

This is “moving” in more than one way; I was quite touched to contemplate these scenes.

 

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Mark Twain in Connecticut, 1909

The only known footage of the great American humorist and philosopher. I had never seen this before.

 

“Silent film footage taken in 1909 by Thomas Edison at Stormfield (CT) at Mark Twain’s estate. Twain is shown walkng around his home and playing cards with his daughters Clara and Jean. The flickering is due to film deterioration, but this is the only known footage of the great author.”

How wonderful that YouTube allows us to see amazing old films like this, and preserve them for future generations. It’s no secret that Mark Twain is at the very top of my “love to read” list.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
-Mark Twain

The Old Wolf has spoken.

 

The I-15 Polka

For four years before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, I-15 was torn up and widened from Riverton to the north end of Salt Lake. It was sheer misery, although I have to say the final result was very nice. In 2009, it was Utah County’s turn, as the CORE project widened the freeway from American Fork to Payson.

This is a little tribute to our suffering, with music provided by Salzburger Echo, who wrote the I-15 Polka in honor of the previous project.