07 July 2010

British Film Institute YouTube Channel

In celebration of the World Cup have a look at the short vintage films from the British Film Institute available at www.youtube.com/BFIfilms#p/p. The football films, including a snippet of an early 1900s Manchester United game, are found under On the Pitch near the bottom on the right hand side.

There's footage of a variety of other sports including notable cricketer A. N. Hornby who toured in Canada and whose son, John emigrated to Canada and died while over-wintering in the Arctic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hornby

A collection under Land, Sea and Air that includes early 20th century street scenes and a 1895 snippet of fishing boats leaving the harbour less than a mile from the house where I first lived, although my sojourn was a bit later!

Thanks to Bryan Cook for the suggestion.

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