03 January 2013

The Open Road

The Open Road (1926) by Claude Friese-Greene is a series of short travelogues that chronicles a motorcar journey from Land's End to John O'Groats, giving viewers a delightful look at Britain between the wars. Beginning in 1924, Friese-Greene made these shorts with the help of his assistant/chauffeur, Robin Haworth-Booth, using Biocolour, an early colour film process first developed by his father, film pioneer William Friese-Greene, in which alternating frames were stained red or green. After his father died in 1921, he renamed the process Friese-Greene Natural Colour but had trouble marketing it because of a problem with flickering. The Open Road languished away in obscurity for years until highlights were restored by the British Film Institute in 2005. 

I find The Open Road to be a fascinating glimpse into the past. And as for this gorgeous seaside image, it's helping to keep my mind off the cold weather outside.

watch some highlights from The Open Road, visit here.

Image above from here.

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