Restored Vintage Footage Showing Different Locations Within Paris From 1896-1900 During La Belle Époque

Filmmaker Guy Jones, who skillfully restores vintage film footage to video quality, has taken separate reels of footage taken by the Lumiére company and put it into a single, seamless video. The video is a wonderful tour various locations within the city of Paris from 1896-1900 during the height of the La Belle Époque.

Slowed down footage to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance. These films were taken by the Lumière company.

Notre-Dame Cathedral (1896)
Alma Bridge (1900)
Avenue des Champs-Élysées (1899)
Place de la Concorde (1897)
Passing of a fire brigade (1897)
Tuileries Garden (1896)
Moving walkway at the Paris Exposition (1900)
The Eiffel Tower from the Rives de la Seine à Paris (1897)

Jones is currently raising funds through GoFundMe in order continue his mission to restore and post vintage footage.

I track down, restore and compile rare old historical film footage and recordings from the 1880s-mid 20th century. But my living situation is unfortunately changing and I will also be needing a new computer soon – the problem is that I work a full time job (unrelated to this) but am still rather poor. It takes a lot of time to put these videos together! If you like what I’ve been doing with my youtube channel please consider helping me out to keep production running smoothly!

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.