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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“Vrooooom” Malcolm Campbell: Life in the Past Lane

Today is the 75th anniversary of Malcolm Campbell’s famous smashing of the land speed record in 1935. So off we plod into the archive to dig out some mad Malcolm footage, and realise that actually this chap broke an awful lot of records and was a bit of a celebrity back in
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Dancing with the sound off

Some of the mute clips are often overlooked by visitors to the archive, possibly because Pathé News were so widely known and admired for their narrations, or possibly because we’re all so used to audio when watching video. Yet some of the most marvellous footage in the archive is mute.
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The Old Fashioned A-Z of Football

We were confused by this Norwich City FA Cup video from 1958-9 earlier. Why is there a giant alphabet running across the side of the pitch? Is it a clever advertising campaign? Is it to demonstrate the availability of the advertising space? Or did the cameramen paint over the negatives
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Traffic in the 1890s

By Victoria Spiegelberg.   People often ask us what our oldest footage in the archive is and a quick search reveals there are only 38 films pre-1900. Some of this footage includes William Gladstone’s funeral (1898), Scenes from the Boer War (1899), Brighton beach bathing scenes (1898) and the New
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