Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Vintage Film: Children and Rabbits

I'm becoming addicted to the British Film Institute's Edwardian footage. Check out this 1901 clip of some children playing (a bit roughly if you ask me) with some bunnies. Lots of bunnies:



I'm not sure what's up with the kid who has no underwear or diaper. I think it may have been common to let the kids run around like that if there wasn't a special occasion and there was nothing the child could soil, like a carriage seat. Keeping up with laundry was hard enough in those days without mounds of diapers. Rural Chinese still put kids in split pants until they are toilet trained, so I would think it's a similar concept, although pretty disgusting to our way of thinking.

6 comments:

R.J. Keller said...

That's a lot of bunnies.

It might be just me, because I'm kinda tired right now, but it seems sad, as well as cool, that I'm sitting here at my computer watching footage of a few fleeting moments in these kids' lives, knowing that they probably not only never saw this film, but that they were so young when the footage was taken that they probably never remembered these moments at all.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Kids, CArrots, Bunnies ,, pretty good combination. Those bunnies kept coming back for more!!!

bunnygirl said...

R.J.- I've been looking at a lot of those film clips from the first decade of the last century, feeling sad too, although for a different reason. My sadness comes from the realization that no one in any of those clips is still alive. Even the babies are most likely in their graves.

It fascinates me that we live in a time when we can see video of real lives from over a century ago. This is the first time it's been possible. Imagine what a wonder it will be for people in another 400 or 500 years to have video of us! I tend to be camera-shy, but it's enough to make me want to have a video made, on the off chance I'll get to be immortal on some distant generation's equivalent of YouTube.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Yes, a bit rough, T and S would never have put up with that. I used to let my son run around without pants at that age. FIrst it give him a good air out and second it helps for toilet training because sensitivity is sort of increased if the child isn't all wadded up in diapers. Life is awfully transient, isn't it?

Thomma Lyn said...

I tried to comment, but I think Blogger ate it! So I'll try again.

What a fascinating film. I enjoyed watching it, but I, too, had sad feelings. My grandmother was born in December 1904, three years after that film was made, and she died in February 2005, at the age of 100. Almost certainly, even the babies in the film are gone now.

Ah, life's fleeting moments, and how fleeting a human life is. I am reminded to treasure what is precious.

mum of critters said...

that is fascinating and surreal to me, like you say, thinking about watching a film and they are probably not likely even here anymore.

seems rough with the rabbits and the hen or rooster or whatever that was, but like RG said... the animals keep coming back! Lot's of great dutchie rabbits... the best...

ahhh i miss having bunnies! BDP!