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For the love of film - Women from old days of yore

For this last post that is part of the For the love of film blogathon, I am sharing three clips, also from the BFI Archive, dedicated to the women from the days of yore. Entertaining and also interesting to see how much has changed and yet in some aspects, some things are still the same.

The first clip shows Victorian women demonstrating their cycling skills. Not clear what was the objective of this film, but great too see how they pulled it off despite their long skirts.

This clip shows an alternative to girls sending out Valentine greetings, the “Kiss Valentine” – send one with an imprint of a lipstick instead of the traditional valentine card.

This last clip, and my favourite (can I confess I love their swimsuits?), shows girls frolicking around a pool. It’s like a 1920’s version of girls gone wild. Not too sure what was the objective of this film, but I wonder if this was an excuse for a bunch of men to film some girls by the poolside.

If you are interested, here are links to read my previous posts for this blogathon:
For the love of film - Tibet
For the love of film - The Open Road
For the love of film - The smallest car in the largest city in the world
For the love of film - Preservation of film


This final post is part of the For the Love of Film Blogathon, hosted by Ferdy on Films and The Self-Styled Siren and sponsored by The National Film Preservation Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. They work directly with archives to rescue endangered films that will not survive without public support. Please donate.

Related links:
For the Love of Film blog
For the Love of Film on Facebook
BFI National Archive

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Reader Comments (8)

I just love these clips, proving there were women in film right from the start! Great slices of life, Hind. Thanks.

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn Ferdinand

Again, great footage I would never have seen otherwise. Thank you..........

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTinky

Hind: Thanks for the interesting selection of images. I don't think producers have ever strained hard to find a reason for taking pictures of women around swimming pools. The bicycle footage was interesting. The safety bicycle (both wheels the same size) and the split skirt made it possible for women to participate.

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Wonderful post... Very informational and educational as usual!

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June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNutra Slim

I love these video clips. Especially the first one on the Victorian women. Lovely!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura, Adult Trike

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