London, Then and Now: 1920s Silent Film vs. Aerial Footage From Today

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Visit the historic sites of the city as they looked after WWI in this rare travel footage from the Prelinger Archive. This is just an excerpt from the longer film, which is available in its entirety here, where some commenters speculate that the film includes footage from 1918 as well. For an eye-opening contrast, check out the stunning aerial footage below, shot by London-based photographer Jason Hawkes leading up to the 2012 Olympics. 

In addition to the video below, Hawkes shot a number of amazing stills which you can find on Alan Taylor's In Focus

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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