Today, Veterans' Day, we honor the courage of all those who have served their country in the military. However, the date for Veterans' Day, November 11th, was chosen because it marked the end of World War I. During the First World War, even personal photography was just beginning – it was really the first war that was photographed, since the Kodak and Brownie portable cameras had recently become available. But what about film? Today, our soldiers may be traveling into battle with a camera crew by their side – news and documentary filmmakers have both been "embedded" with the troops – but in 1914, it was a very different story.
As it happens, "moving pictures" had been around since the 1890s, but right around the time of the First World War, big changes were happening in the film industry. Full-length movies, rather than single-reel short programs, were beginning to be shown, and the public was flocking to theaters to watch. The technology used was advancing and it was possible to film wartime scenes. In fact, some film was shot, and the Imperial War Museum in London has recently restored some footage that visitors may view.
Learn more in this article from The Telegraph – and if you have the chance to go to London, visit the Imperial War Museum and watch history.
If you have some very old film – even if it is 100 years old, like the footage in the article – we can transfer it to DVD or hard drive for you! We don't want your footage to deteriorate from age, so the older it is, the more urgent the need to have it transferred. Come in and talk to us about helping to preserve your own little piece of history.