We're always trying to look back into the past to get a better idea of what to look forward to in the future - or at least avoid the mistakes of prior generations. While it can be difficult to gain meaningful insights from some situations, people do like to look back at old photos and see how they lived decades ago. Many aspects of society, especially those focused on science and technology, may have changed, but many holistic things have not.
One of the great cities over the past centuries has been London, which was the seat of the British Empire and the archetype modern metropolis. It has always been a city where history and contemporary life intermingle, a hub known for fashion, finance, and culture. This TikTok video by @historycolored gives us a new look at the UK's capital in the Victorian Era.
This video has brought out some interesting insights by commenters. "Fantastic video M! I’d love to go back to that time and just watch people. Imagine if there was a time portal," remarked kazzbo. "Hard to think that all those people are gone but the clock is still there," noted scott42250. Intelligentz mentioned, "everyone is looking almost identical."
This video looks amazing and is a fantastic restoration of what might be one of the oldest existing films of London. The dress is very Victorian, especially with the working men in bowlers. It's also interesting to see that the double-decker "buses" existed then, only they were pulled by horses and had fewer seats.