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

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.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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