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Early Color Footage Lets You Visit Edinburgh Zoo from the Late 1920s

If you enjoyed tagging along with Claude Friese-Greene and touring the streets of London in the late 1920s, you can continue your journey around Britain with the British-born filmmaker. This time, one of his early color footages will take you to Edinburgh Zoo from the late 1920s.

In case you missed it, the British Film Institute has digitized and uploaded some bits and pieces from The Open Road, an impressive series of early color footages by British filmmaker, cinematographer, and cinema technician Claude Friese-Greene. It details his travel around Britain by car, traversing Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

To record his intrepid journey, he used an experimental color process called bicolour, which was pioneered by his father, William Friese-Greene. He continued to improve the process after his father passed away, and later renamed it Friese-Greene Natural Colour.

In a previous post, we joined Friese-Greene as he toured around the streets of London in the late 1920s. Today, we shall go with him again and marvel at the sights of Edinburgh Zoo of many decades ago with another snippet from The Open Road:

Head over to the BFI YouTube Playlist of London on Film to see more snippets from The Open Road!

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