10 Tragedies Caught on Film. British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck. From Franz Reichelt’s death jump off the Eiffel Tower to the Hindenburg Disaster, here are 10 tragedies caught on film.
Music: Lest We Forget by Mark Harris of The Abstracts
See the 10 tragedies gallery and their links here:
Titanic – Genuine 1912 Footage. This newsreel (without the music)would have been shown in the cinemas at the time of the disaster. Footage includes the Titanic leaving Belfast Lough for Southampton on April 2nd, 1912. Captain Smith on the Bridge of the Titanic. The video also shows various ships such the Carparthia returning from rescuing survivors. Journalists interviewing survivors. Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of long distance radio transmission and who was credited with saving those who were saved because of his marvelous invention.
Although it says this was shot on April 2nd, 2012, British Pathe think it was probably earlier. The ship still looks like work is being done to it with lots of workmen still around. The Titanic’s name is in black as is other parts of the ship which ultimately ended up as white. There is also a workman’s loo which can clearly be seen dangling off the left hand side of the ship – this surely would have been removed before setting sail. (more…)
Amazing Anti-Thief Security Case taken from the 1991 British Pathe reel “Beat The Bandit”
Watch the original clip here: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/beat-the-bandit/
This other 1959 video explains early anti-theft cases in more detail:
As the man runs off with the case three telescopic poles spring out of it making the case impossible to manage, as well as crushing the man’s hand pressing it into the handle of the case. It then has to be unlocked and deactivated with a key!
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Hindenburg Disaster Real Footage (1937) [HD]. Footage of the Nazi airship catching fire, crashing and burning to the ground.
This original footage from the British Pathe archive shows impressive shots of the Hindenburg flying overhead, flying over its landing ground at Lakehurst, New Jersey, and then finally there is footage of the famous crash.
13 out of 36 passengers died, whilst 22 out of 61 crew members died, so many survived the disaster.
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