Friday thread: Remapping the past through archives…

The Belfast Telegraph has a nice little web story about a Belfast filmmaker George Clarke, who ‘thinks’ he discovered an instance of a timetraveller speaking into a mobile phone at the Hollywood Premier of Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 classic, The Circus. It was featured on Chris Wild’s excellent blog a few days ago (with some pretty sceptical comments from his readers).

Chris is one to watch for the future. Not least because of the way he uses original material from the past to help us draw fresh conclusions about times and events we may think we are already familiar with.

Take this post which features two videos taken in Market Street, San Francisco before and after the Earthquake of 1906. First the before:

And now the after:

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire from Red Channels on Vimeo.

If you freeze frame the first at 7.05 and the second at 5.30 you should get a shot of about the same point in Market Street with the Ferry Terminal clock tower in the background. In one shared shot, you get a strong sense of just how utterly devastating the events of Wednesday, April 18, 1906 must have been.

The seeming most miraculous thing about it being that there were only 3,000 fatalities….

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty