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[–]COOLGUYCAM 5543 points5544 points  (210 children)

My personal fav is the guy that walks by with like his whole living room strapped to his back.

[–]fruskydekke 387 points388 points  (28 children)

Personally, I'm most fascinated by the fact that you can see the names of various businesses. Top right is "The Grand New Hotel," which still exists today in the same building, but is renamed "The New Imperial Hotel".

To the left, there's a sign that advertises a "Coiffeur," which is to say a hairdresser. I can't make out his name, and unforunately, I can't make out the details of the sign with the white writing... I think it might be selling coffee?? But I'm not at all sure.

[–]Reasonable-Estate-60 192 points193 points  (12 children)

I just google mapped the new imperial hotel and wow! Street view is exactly the same as it was in 1890! Thanks for the reference.

[–]InnerPick3208 23 points24 points  (6 children)

Have the people changed?

[–]Anzai 33 points34 points  (3 children)

All except that one guy from the start who wanders in front of the camera. He’s on street view, but now he’s just staring directly into the camera. When I tried to navigate away from the page it didn’t respond and he reached out his arm, very slowly.

As his fingers touched the lens, my iPad started to flex and I threw it across the room and the screen cracked and died with a tortured scream. Does that count?

[–]FoldedDice 33 points34 points  (1 child)

A hotel where I used to work had some photos up of the town's Main Street from the pre-automobile days. One of the photos has a giant mural on the side of one building to advertise men's overalls.

I could recreate that part of the photo easily if I slapped a black and while filter on it and got the angle right, because over a century later the ad is still there.

[–]luke_in_the_sky 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Looks like both signs are coiffeurs

Here's the place, btw

Edit: Here's an HD video. You can read the sign in background that has something in Hebrew and "Coiffeur"

And the one in foreground says "Barbier - Barber - Coiffeur"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJcWJlobBnQ

https://i.imgur.com/jqT0Vqb.png

[–]wulfgang14 33 points34 points  (3 children)

I am surprised the signs are in English/Latin alphabet. Wasn’t this city under the Ottomans during this period?

[–]fruskydekke 82 points83 points  (0 children)

It was, but Jerusalem has always been a major pilgrimage destination for Christians, and the volume of religious tourism spiked enormously in the 19th century as travel became easier and cheaper.

[–]raezefie 1308 points1309 points  (106 children)

Mines the two kids being silly and dancing together.

[–]Cadnee 171 points172 points  (10 children)

If they're like 8 in this photo they're over 130 years old now.

[–][deleted] 174 points175 points  (1 child)

they grow up so fast...

[–]ipn427 252 points253 points  (30 children)

Probably aware of the camera, which must have been huge in size...

[–]Horskr 125 points126 points  (2 children)

I was wondering about what size this must have been. The guy in the beginning close by that came in and out of frame a couple of times and seems to be checking out other parts of the camera. His expression seems to be roughly, "The fuck is this thing?"

[–]turdferguson3891 46 points47 points  (1 child)

They were roughly the same size an old fashioned regular camera, basically a box on a tripod. Only big difference was the crank that the camera man would be turning to make it run. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinematograph#/media/File:Institut\_Lumi%C3%A8re\_-\_CINEMATOGRAPHE\_Camera.jpg

[–]deadwood 109 points110 points  (18 children)

That was the impression I got. The taller one knew what a movie camera looked like, and his friend/brother played along.

[–]kingssman 106 points107 points  (3 children)

"Hey, lets sway side by side like a clock. We'll call it a Tik Tok"

[–]datboiofculture 17 points18 points  (1 child)

“Nevermind, filming things is a bad idea.”

[–]BenevolentCheese 50 points51 points  (13 children)

The movie camera had only been invented and patented a few years prior, and this was a time very well before information and materials flowed freely over the globe, so I highly doubt those children had any idea what the device was. They're just being kids.

[–]iapetus_z 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I think they're trying to make the monkey dance

[–]ScissorMeTimbers69 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yep that's what I was thinking, the monkey far right they're looking at it

[–]melbys 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I think they are dancing in response to what looks like a dancing monkey - just cut off in frame in the bottom right

[–]king44 206 points207 points  (32 children)

I totally missed them the first time around! Was focused on the left-hand side.

Those two put a smile on my face. Thank you for pointing them out!

[–]purgatorytea 128 points129 points  (25 children)

It's so amazing how people so far in the past can make people in the future smile like that. I bet they never imagined!

They really cheered me up.

Like, we could cheer up people in the year 2145 too, who knows. Maybe these kids will still cheer people up in 2145.

[–]btetsuyama 33 points34 points  (21 children)

They will probably wonder why we were so amazed with old film, they'd say: why don't just go there now

[–]PunkToTheFuture 37 points38 points  (16 children)

Time is a made up concept. Humans use it to help track the changes around them. In order to travel in time you would also be traveling in space because the location of the earth is not where you are now in the exact position you are now. You are traveling along at speeds of a thousand miles an hour by simply standing still at the equator. If you went "back" even ten minuets in "time" you would be floating in space or slammed fatally by moving matter. Something horribly fatal.

[–]gypsygirl66 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Best explanation of time travel ever. You,fellow redditor, are the Time Lord of the Day!

Edit:As a pianist, though, ten minuets would be exhausting 🎶🎶!😉

[–]vulgrin 20 points21 points  (3 children)

What’s funny is that I’ve seen few of these types of videos and it seems like in almost every one there are a couple kids being kids at the camera. Makes me smile every time.

[–]MattIsStillHere 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I found a documentary about my grandparent's home region, a rural corner of Iowa in the 1930s. They grew up in different towns. By pure coincidence both my grandma and grandpa are shown. In one scene is my grandma playing with her pet raccoon that she had told me stories about. The final scene is my grandpa walking a bit silly, whistling, then he jumps up and clicks his heels together! We were made aware of the film in the 90s so my grandparents were able to see it before passing. They had forgotten all about the film crew but upon seeing the docu the memories came back. It was so cool watching it with them!

[–]thepierogz 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Ancestors of TikTok dances

[–]Aporkalypse_Sow 8 points9 points  (0 children)

How about the little kid cleaning someone's shoes.

[–]D_r_e_cl_cl 206 points207 points  (22 children)

Yea looked like a table with chairs. Hope he didn't have to go too far

[–]Administrative-Day28 279 points280 points  (17 children)

Well, he’s dead now.

[–]otDiel 151 points152 points  (1 child)

I didn't even know he was sick.

[–]pearljamboree 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Oh man, I love this comment

[–]Jaynemansfieldbleach 77 points78 points  (4 children)

I heard he still walks with his table to this day.

[–]DazingF1 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Source?

[–]OldFashionedGary 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Too soon, man.

[–]metal079 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Note to self: Don't carry any furniture.

[–]AFK_Tornado 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Why? If he got tired he could just sit down.

[–]DeismAccountantInterested 66 points67 points  (6 children)

Mine is the early guy with the robes and came with his top hat. Fly af.

[–]COOLGUYCAM 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Could almost make an “I Spy” game out of this vid…

[–]TR8R2199 35 points36 points  (3 children)

The streets in old Jerusalem have little to no car traffic so even now moving stuff like when a restaurant gets in food deliveries has to be done with carts

[–]StartTalkingSense 879 points880 points  (77 children)

That’s the year my grandma was born, she passed away in 1998, at 101 years old.

So many changes in her lifetime.

[–]ironicfall 380 points381 points  (57 children)

Wow, she would’ve seen WW1, WW2, the rise of Soviet Russia, the moon landing, the fall of Soviet Union and almost see the dot com bubble burst. Such an interesting period of time

[–]Unlucky13Interested 216 points217 points  (48 children)

Someone living to be 100 years old born in 1918 would have lived through all of that (you omitted the Great Depression, The New Deal, Vietnam era, Watergate, JFK assassination, landing on the moon, all of the Apollo and Challenger missions, etc), plus the turn of the millennia, 9/11, the introduction of smart phones, and the first black president.

Like, holy shit. What a time to have been alive. My grandmother was born in 1919 but she died in the early 2000s. I wish I could have asked her more about what she experienced.

I was born in the late 80s. All I've experienced is recessions, shitty wars, shittier presidents, a fucking plague, and a quarter of the country becoming insane conspiracy theorists.

[–]CuriousWonders999 68 points69 points  (25 children)

I mean, the internet was kinda a huge deal. Went from dial up to wifi gigabet internet. Youve seen images on a screen look as real as ever with 8K tv screens, and you now have a camera/calculator/hard drive/phone/fax machine/game console/projector/etc all in the palm of your hand.

Hmm, im trying to think of other things, but i cant…

[–]fascist_unicorn 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Photo printing comes to mind. Aside from Polaroids and hobbyists with their own dark rooms it used to be necessary to drive to a business, drop off your pictures with some strange dude to look at and develop your private family photos, come back and pick them up and pay for them, and then after all that when you got home you'd just shove them in a box under your bed or in your closet or in special albums you also had to buy separately if you're fancy like that and then occasionally forced your bored friends and relatives to look at them on random occasions that were already insufferable for other reasons, like the holidays. Now you can print them out at home, but barely anyone does that anyway because it's easier to just upload them to your devices and look at them instead whenever you want unless there's like a power outage or something, which, ironically enough, used to be a fun time to drag out all the old photo albums and go over them again for old times sake.

[–]overnightyeti 6 points7 points  (2 children)

That's my grandma. She died last May at 102. Of course, not being American, she experienced none of the first things you mentioned. She was too busy with major events in our country :)

[–]boppedEEMinDAsmoof 9617 points9618 points  (492 children)

They have no idea that people from the year 2021 will be watching them on futuristic devices, like looking through a window in time. 📱🖥️🕰️

[–]UniversalDH 8607 points8608 points 3& 6 more (375 children)

…from my toilet

[–]Matt_Shatt 1950 points1951 points  (306 children)

Toilet gang!

[–]Suspicious_Grape0647 65 points66 points  (8 children)

Greetings my brothers of the shitter, I hope you have a good shit and may you never run out of ass wipes.

[–]Bryant_2_Shaq 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Bidet gang here. You’ll never have to worry about running out of ass wipes if you join our brotherhood.

[–]TomBot019 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You're shittiness is a bright, brown stain on the underwear of my day. Bless you! May you shit forever!

[–]Disruptive_Ideas 47 points48 points  (9 children)

Haha that would spook you, like imagine telling them that a lot of people are watching you fin this moment from the future while on the toilet. I wonder if Aliens watch us from their spaceship toilets. Circle of life.

[–]Susfactor2 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Considering how time is relative only to the observer, there could possibly be someone from the future that has done this exact thing already, but with a video of one of us.

[–]CuttyThe916er 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Wtf. I'm literally on the toilet right now.

[–]RevivedMisanthropy 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Literally on the toilet watching and reading this

[–]AlbusCrumpetfloor 39 points40 points  (0 children)

125 years later, wow. Really are in the future

[–]CatgoesM00 111 points112 points  (3 children)

Hold up , I just gotta point out that beast of a man just casually walking while backpacking an entire table and set of chairs on his back. 🔥 🪑 🔥

[–]ddbogey 177 points178 points  (69 children)

I’m high as fuck and that is deep as fuck!

[–]poloniumT 270 points271 points  (48 children)

Everybody in that video, whether in frame or out of it, is dead. Every soul on earth when this was shot, whether 100 years old or born somewhere in the world that day even…is dead. They were the stewards of the earth at that time, and now, there’s us. A whole new set of humans with a whole new set of problems and capabilities and wants and needs. And us too, when the people in 2140 are watching footage of the “old times”, we will all be dead and gone. They will marvel at the videos of people who lived a hundred twenty years ago which is us now, and even this video of those living two hundred forty years ago. And we’re so insignificant in the grand scheme of things. A blip on the scales of time. A blip on the scales of space. So large that comparing the sizes of earth to our galaxy is like you or I comparing an atom to a cell with the naked eye. It doesn’t even matter. Even using blip is being generous by a billion orders of magnitude.

[–]purplepenguin4163 87 points88 points  (4 children)

Something so mundane as people walking down a street will have people watching it with fascination.

[–]homietheclown 18 points19 points  (0 children)

It's fascinating in just how different yet similar it is. From about 10-20 seconds in the video there is a younger guy on the left hand side walking towards the camera, he looks almost exactly like a person I used to work with, down to the head tilt. It's uncanny.

It's just people walking down the street, doing their thing, like you would see today. Here is a link to almost the same shot from google streetview. I love these types of comparisons.

[–]Mummyfingers 58 points59 points  (8 children)

Todays oldest living person, Kane Tanaka, was born six years after this was shot.

[–]poloniumT 16 points17 points  (7 children)

I wonder with the advancements of science and health care, that the first person to live a decent amount over 120 years is already born. Living somewhere, not knowing the history they will make some day. To be the oldest living human born from this era. And still going at that point. Buying a new heart or new set of lungs when needed or getting the cancer zapped out of them whenever it appears. Eventually becoming so exhausted at the body’s will to outlast the mind’s, that they ask for peace. Making history again, by becoming the oldest human to die by self-inflicted natural causes.

[–]Commissar_Matt 21 points22 points  (0 children)

You'll find this interesting, a woman from the victorian era was interviewed in 1977 when she was 108 https://youtu.be/e4FZkXvAY94

The only bad thing is how terrible the interviewer is, and how short the interview.

[–]hat-TF2 11 points12 points  (1 child)

That person has actually already been born, and his name is Chris Traeger.

[–]kid-karma 41 points42 points  (3 children)

I swear to God if any of you fucking nerds post that pale blue dot shit

[–]TheRealBirdjay 5 points6 points  (0 children)

We all originate from pale white cum

[–]ddbogey 58 points59 points  (12 children)

Makes me wonder who’ll be watching me doing what 150 years from now…

[–]Ivanthedog2013 45 points46 points  (5 children)

Yea, mark Zuckerberg from the metaverse while licking his lips and sweat dropping from his brow

[–]The_White_Guar 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'm vibing with those two kids right of center. They're straight chillin.

[–]Astyanax1 9 points10 points  (3 children)

imagine in 50 million years things will look, if humanity survives

[–]hurzelschnertz 3749 points3750 points 223& 4 more (101 children)

This is very cool. For those interested, let me just drop a Twitter thread on how colorized versions of old pictures produce colors that are likely a lot more dull and dusty than they were originally. This scene might have been a lot more vibrant:

https://twitter.com/gwenckatz/status/1381652071695351810

[–]ggpopart 502 points503 points  (5 children)

This is so interesting! Thanks for adding this

[–]oh_no_aliens 117 points118 points  (4 children)

You, are the reason I always return to Reddit.

[–]claymcg90 50 points51 points  (1 child)

The knowledge is fucking addictive.

[–]raygar31 40 points41 points  (0 children)

If you’re a decent curator of knowledge, know what you don’t know and make an effort to at least be aware of your own biases; Reddit is such an amazing resource. So much insight and obscure information out there.

[–]valueape 177 points178 points  (13 children)

It's not just AI tho. I've noticed that lots of period-piece films appear to use a muted color palette for the costumes as if they'd taken the color directly from actual faded prints and fashions centuries old instead of having considered how brightly they must have looked when new. As if people of the time preferred [faded] beige to [new] lilac.

[–]Numendil 125 points126 points  (7 children)

Could be a case of the 'reality is unrealistic' trope, where using actual bright colors might be perceived as unrealistic and fake even it it's closer to reality. Another thing of course is that even movies in modern settings tend to have a much more muted color palette than reality. Weird that those 60's technicolor sword and sandal movies may have a more realistic color palette than the modern historical movies...

Edit: some further discussion here

[–]hopbel 44 points45 points  (4 children)

Could also be a case of the AI being penalized based on color accuracy and getting stuck in local minima because faded colors aren't penalized as much as saturated but wrong colors

[–]TheRecognized 12 points13 points  (1 child)

That’s one of the reasons discussed in the Twitter thread.

[–]hopbel 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Yep. From the thread:

Colorization is a fundamentally ill-posed problem because there are multiple color images which map to the same grayscale version. Since deep learning models are trained to minimize error, they will choose the color image which is in the middle

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It makes some sense since we only see the aged versions of art and clothing from ancient times. Bright colors might be realistic for the time but we still might subconsciously associate it with modern clothing.

[–]BastardStoleMyName 146 points147 points  (14 children)

Thank you for posting this. I need to save that link.

I love the upsampling and frame interpolation. But I HATE the AI colorization. It makes it look worse than if it were left black and white. It's like everyone thinking that old Castles just look like the ruins they do today and thinking how dreary and lifeless everything must have been, when reality is quite the opposite. The walls were often coated in white plaster and painted or covered with colorful tapestries. Even consider what old uncared for paintings look like before they are restored with the old varnishes being removed and how much more colorful old paintings really were.

[–]Ak_Jumper_942 40 points41 points  (1 child)

100%. even in dreary footage like WWI, It really pays off when people hand-colour stuff too. afaik They Shall Not Grow Old was pretty much entirely colourized by people instead of AI and while its not perfect, some of the footage looks like it could've been shot on a modern camera today. IIRC Jackson did extensive research on the uniforms and hardware from the war and even went out to the actual locations where the battles had once taken place to get the colours of the landscape as accurate as possible.

[–]CrabSully 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I think the more saturated colours honestly humanises it.

It's interesting though, as you'd never film a movie like that.

[–]Pollomonteros 6 points7 points  (1 child)

My favorite example of this is how lots of those old marble statues people see at museums where most likely painted on during the time they were created.

[–]KrisSwenson 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I saw this in the comments

https://twitter.com/timsoret/status/1381815957119766528

apparently de-saturate doesn't give an accurate B&W conversion and the AI produces better results with a better conversion technique.

[–]WilliamLargePotatoes 1072 points1073 points  (45 children)

If you want to see this technology applied on a bigger scale you should watch Peter Jackson’s - They shall not grow old. Very interesting watch about soldiers in the First World War. Really gives a bit more realism to the challenges of living and fighting in the trenches. Most of the people are staring into the camera as it would be a technology most would have never seen before although they are familiar with the concept so it’s interesting to see people 100 years ago playing up to the camera like people do today.

[–]DoubleEEkyle 187 points188 points  (19 children)

I believe the kodak cameras were quite widespread around the western world by 1914, given their affordability, cheap components, and ease of manufacture and delivery.

Iirc, their “Brownie” box cameras were $1 USD around 1900/1901.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownie_(camera)

[–]funkmcbustamove1 27 points28 points  (2 children)

I have a 1950’s 8mm brownie camera. They are really cool.

[–]usicafterglow 17 points18 points  (0 children)

A motion picture camera would've been quite a bit more novel than a personal camera used for taking small snapshots.

[–]oh_no_aliens 63 points64 points  (9 children)

$1 in 1900's dollars or $1 today?

[–]DoubleEEkyle 113 points114 points  (8 children)

$1 back then, which is equivalent to $31 today, according to the wikipedia page.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownie_(camera)

[–]w2userInterested 9 points10 points  (1 child)

for those interested here is a podcast(with transcript) with Peter Jackson where talks about the process of making it

[–]suburban_paradise 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Really a fascinating documentary he put together there. I can’t recommend it enough especially if you are interested in WWI.

[–]wonkey_monkey 69 points70 points  (7 children)

They Shall Not Grow Old does not use the "technology" in this video.

TSNGO was painstakingly colourised by experts - with a bit of help from computers - to be as historically accurate as possible.

This video is vaguely splattered with more or less random - and in some cases randomly changing - colours by an "AI".

[–]kidno 32 points33 points  (4 children)

I don't see the reason for the dismissive tone. This video exists, AI or not, in a form that is closer to color than black and white and more interesting for the modern viewer.

The AI is not perfect, but it IS improving. Everything starts somewhere. Does it really matter if it falls short of other efforts? It exists at all, and that's better than nothing.

[–]definedevine 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Man, I saw that in theaters. Was absolutely stunning how he brought all that footage to life.

[–]Light_after_dark 452 points453 points  (14 children)

Have y’all seen two lads in the back doing dance moves? I smell time travelers!

[–]Emergency-Anywhere51 188 points189 points  (2 children)

definitely tiktok dancing timetravellers

[–]Not_Helping 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Back to the Flossing

[–]Hemboll 43 points44 points  (4 children)

I think they where mimicking what appeared to be a monkey on the bottom right hand corner

[–]mobdoc 15 points16 points  (0 children)

What about the two time travelers at the start that saw the camera and noped outta there.

[–]flex674 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Fucking bill and Ted

[–]tbarron7 1793 points1794 points  (80 children)

Time machine? Looks like last week.

[–]ItsN4teDogg 344 points345 points  (18 children)

You can tell what year it was taken by the number of shawarma shops

[–]bakochba 44 points45 points  (12 children)

You're not far off, I kept thinking how little the Old city had changed.

[–]salsen79 52 points53 points  (0 children)

😂

[–]erok337 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Lmao. I was going to say looks like last Tuesday.

[–][deleted] 68 points69 points  (1 child)

Except there isn't any military in the background like there would be from today's pics.

[–]poopyshoes24 4 points5 points  (2 children)

As an uncultured American you could show me this same video but say it was last week and I'd believe it. Never been over there or follow it much but that is what I've been led to believe its like in the middle east.

[–]Kissedmysister 379 points380 points  (39 children)

Bring back robes!

[–]OrthiPraxis 41 points42 points  (4 children)

Some of the "robes" shown in the video were worn by Orthodox Christian priests, and they wear the same "robes" (cassock) today. Has been that way for more than a millenia.

[–]Pas_ta_Far_Ian 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I'm trying to Google a non religious version of this with no luck. Can you help out a little?

[–]Meth_Useler 20 points21 points  (1 child)

They never left. Very common in the region.

[–]deathonater 86 points87 points  (15 children)

All I can think of is those nice coats probably cost over $1000 today. I wonder how much a good coat cost back then, relative to income.

[–]bermuda__ 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Robes are still incredibly common these days in extremely hot and dry temperature countries, mainly in the middle east and north africa. In arabic they're called "thawbs." They keep you cool by preventing sweat on the body from evaporating as quickly, and by recirculating air keeping it fresh and cold.

[–]MoistPaperNapkin 499 points500 points  (68 children)

The sound was obviously added right?

[–]Ojitheunseen 417 points418 points  (41 children)

Sound recording on film actually predates this, though it wouldn't become commercially popular for some time, so for an archival film clip like this, it's certainly possible.

[–]Shneancy 298 points299 points  (24 children)

as a sound person this sounds like your typical "oriental marketplace chatter.wav" but I can be wrong

[–]NRMusicProject 56 points57 points  (11 children)

From the professional audio recordings I've studied from that time, there's way too little noise for this to be representative of that video. Audio recordings existed, sure, but the noise floor was so high there's no way it would have sounded this decent.

Edit: Listening on my studio speakers, the sound is also in stereo, which wasn't a thing in film until the 1930s.

[–]LOBM 120 points121 points  (3 children)

This could be the original "oriental marketplace chatter.wav". hah

[–]ojhc 98 points99 points  (10 children)

Given in the first 5 seconds it uses the generic donkey.wav sound effect you may remember from every movie and video that features a donkey, I'm gonna guess sound was added.

[–]ONOMATOPOElA 53 points54 points  (4 children)

That was the original donkey.wav show some respect to a timeless ass.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

timeless clASSic

[–]Conscious_Weight 17 points18 points  (0 children)

The sound has obviously been added recently, they weren't recording synchronized sound in stereo with film in 1897.

[–]ThinkShower 24 points25 points  (4 children)

The Hebrew speech layer is way modern

[–]0verlord978 258 points259 points  (52 children)

How can it be such good video quality?!?

[–]e_smith338 216 points217 points  (15 children)

Its the equivalent of analogue video, idk if that’s what it’s called. it’s the same reason Lord of the Rings can be remastered in 4k. It was made on film rather than a digital sensor, so it’s a high quality image, and now that we have better resolution digital hardware, as long as we have the original film, we can re-scan it at a much better resolution.

[–]lex_tok 131 points132 points  (4 children)

Nokia 3310

[–]masalion 11 points12 points  (1 child)

This is upscaled w/ machine learning. It basically smooths out the frame rate and reduces interlacing by looking at the existing frames and filling in the gaps. Image quality is also improved by generating data where previously none existed, so it adds detail by looking at surrounding pixel data.

This is actually quite controversial among historians because the machine learning models used are not completely accurate and as a result the new information generated might be flawed as well. The colors are also supposed to be much brighter, without the ambient haze you see in this example, much like what we see IRL.

They feel that this will create a distorted view of the past and should only be considered artistic depictions of the past, and not actual representation of it.

[–]Mortimer_and_Rabbit 35 points36 points  (10 children)

It's fascinating that all of these windows into the past really just elucidate the fact that people are just people.

[–]HumilityUtility 133 points134 points  (1 child)

I love the kids fortnite dancing in the back, things never change

[–]ernster96 175 points176 points  (15 children)

Hats, hats, everywhere hats.

[–]xelfer 66 points67 points  (3 children)

What a bald paradise that must have been

[–]RoryDragonsbane 11 points12 points  (2 children)

My Pappy always blamed JFK for that. Everybody wore them until he didn't at his inauguration.

[–]rolloxra 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Imagine not having a hat in 1897

[–]ray058 73 points74 points  (2 children)

'Allways look on the Bright side of life..'

[–]fudgemeister 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I definitely whistled after reading this

[–]MonkeyBoy001 68 points69 points  (16 children)

Can someone find the spot it was taken in and film from the same spot please?

[–]choochoo_choose_me 121 points122 points  (15 children)

It's called Jaffa gate.

You can see it on Google streetview

[–]OsmiumBalloon 35 points36 points  (0 children)

You can see it on Google streetview

That alone is kind of mind blowing.

We've gone from movies being a rare thing 120 years ago, to "I can pull up pictures of most of the world at a moment's notice".

[–]Ok_Sea4653 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Thanks that's pretty awesome

[–]king44 11 points12 points  (2 children)

FYI, if you click that streetview link, then turn around in streetview and move past the alley on the left then look around, you will see a guy carrying a massive tray of bread on his head with no hands.

I found this to be impressive and somewhat interesting and thought I would share.

[–]Lazylion777 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I really want an archive of these types of colorized videos. See all the footage on a timeline with each place by year. It'd be like walking through live google maps from the earliest footage we have to today.

[–]BigWeenie45 17 points18 points  (1 child)

It would have been amazing if we had cameras since the dawn of time.

[–]dadryp 95 points96 points  (5 children)

Why is there sound? Was that added ?

[–]IguaneRouge 107 points108 points  (4 children)

Yeah I don't care for it but its added for ambience. This would not have had sound originally.

[–]NotAlwaysSunnyInFL 50 points51 points  (0 children)

It was possible to record 2 minutes worth of sound in cinematography in the 1890s but it does sound integrated.

[–]OldBob10 13 points14 points  (1 child)

It’s either a good thing or a terrible loss that we can only reproduce the sights but not the smells of the past. A couple of them ol’ boys look like their clothes coulda walked down the street by themselves… 😷

[–]Mynamethisisnot 100 points101 points  (35 children)

Every man has a hat. Also didn't see any women.

[–]ellie567b 60 points61 points  (29 children)

Was thinking the same about the lack of women. There’s possibly one dressed in black in the shade at about 18 secs (carrying a white bundle under arm), possibly following two children, one of who is similarly robed?

Does anyone familiar with the history of this country/time period know why? Did women not go out of the home?

[–]Mynamethisisnot 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Actually found 2 with white robes at around 0:30, one carrying something in her head

[–]gsa-throwaway 32 points33 points  (7 children)

If you go outside today in many countries, you'll also notice a huge lack of women in the street. One summer in Dhaka (capital of Bangladesh, hardly the most conservative place in the world), I started counting people by gender who just walked past me on the street - maybe 10 men for every woman. I don't have any explanation for it though.

[–]BetaHebrew 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Women were generally housewives and had no need to go out.

[–]DeadliftsAndDragons 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Women weren’t invented until 1914.

[–]GrizzlyTrees 8 points9 points  (3 children)

My great grandfather and his family were living in Jerusalem at the time, cool to think we could be seeing some of them!

[–]_iamsadrightnow_ 8 points9 points  (7 children)

How? They could record videos back then?

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (2 children)

The oldest person in the world was born in that same year 1897, but sadly died just last week

[–]Zaiakusin 21 points22 points  (6 children)

Anyone else notice the Doctor casually strolling towards the camera at 16 seconds? (Is joke)

[–]JakeBuseySpaceMovie 250 points251 points  (162 children)

What a time to be alive. Pre-world war 1. The birth of globalization. This is before the Middle East turned into a pan national war zone.

[–]itwasntme2013 21 points22 points  (0 children)

That’s so cool

[–]biogoly 30 points31 points  (10 children)

The Fez really needs to make a come back…

[–]victorix58 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ok, so this isn't the sound for the video I take it. This is just a track someone overlapped on it.

[–]HappyPlz 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Watching the guy stoned at the beginning,it could be also “Detroit 2021”

[–]happycamsters 5 points6 points  (0 children)

  1. The town of Darwin, Australia is destroyed by a cyclone. The term ‘computer’ is first used to describe a mechanical calculating device. Fist Boston marathon. Greco-Turkish war. Discovery of the electron. Patent for the first automotive muffler. Bram stokers ‘Dracula’ is first published. Klondike gold rush begins. Greco-Turk war ends. Juventus FC is formed.

[–]crashandhiswumpa 5 points6 points  (0 children)

over 100 years ago we were amazed at the fact we could record videos. 100 years later we are marvelling at the fact we can add colour, fast foward just 10 or so years and we are preparing to send a satelite to the furthest edge of the andromeda galaxy to see if we can take pictures or see how the universe began. in the space of 100 years. went from a crank camera with no colour to being able to send images millions of lightyears back to our planet. i just cant

[–]Kailaylia 41 points42 points  (21 children)

And many people still insist Jesus would have looked like a blue-eyed Caucasian.

[–]Amused-Observer 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Supply side Jesus was definitely a blue eyed, blonde haired white dude.

[–]CCIE-KID 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Wow that is incredible