History of Plastic Surgery: Pathé News went under the knife

We were surprised to find this archived newsreel of a plastic surgery pioneer in 1947, Dr Archibald McIndoe, and his harem of men that went under his largely experimental knife. Known as ‘The Guinea Pigs’ club, these guys were a band of ex-RAF men who had been severely burnt or
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Ladies Who Lunge: Women Fighting Through History

SHORTCUT TO CLIPS We’re delighted to have been featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Making History’ and are thrilled that the subject was archive footage of ladies fighting! The feature ‘Lady punch ball champion of the world’ came about after a listener Jill Bernardotte in France contacted the programme about her
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Je Predict A Riot: Archive Footage of France on its Feet

“The French know that when a Parisian crowd makes an appointment with the police – they’ll keep it. And so one discovers that violence is met with violence” – British Pathé, 1968 The press association announced this afternoon that a ‘turning point’ has been reached in the French demonstrations against
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Pier Pressure: British Pathé Remember an important Maritime Landmark

It is devastating to learn of the recent arson attack on Hastings Pier, destroying 95% of what was a splendid and historically important structure. Reading comments on the Sky News story it is both interesting and sad to learn various points of view and speculations regarding ulterior motives behind the fire. However, decades before this
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What’s she gonna look like with no chimney on her?

 Today we’re fascinated by these great clips of chimney felling. Vast, towering brick chimneys, often designed by celebrated architects, and built with the blood and tears of hundreds, indeed some men will have died in the dangerous sky-high construction and bricklaying of these giant structures. They were the emblem of a
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Kitchen Hats: Where No Gaga Has Gone Before

The latest evidence of our long-term suspicion that Lady Gaga is inspired almost exclusively by the British Pathé film archive comes in the form of Kitchen Hats, a 1959 newsreel in which British housewives literally shove a kitchen appliance on their head and pose for a designer who then recreates
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The Benefit of Heinz-Sight

We love this fabulous Heinz film “The World in a Can” from 1962 that shows and explains what goes into a can of Heinz. From jolly men in the Caribbean bashing spices to laughing ladies picking only the most ripe and shapely Italian plum tomatoes! The ladies working on the factory belts look particularly
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The ‘X’ Files: Top 10 Xylophonists of the Past

We predicted a comeback for the zaney xylophone in pop music some months ago, it’s just one of those cheery instruments that takes us back to our childhoods and plays a part in all of our lives. So when the granddaughter of the famous xylophonist Harry Robbins got in touch with us
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