Mesmerizing Gibson Girls. Our latest restoration and second attempt at restoring, colorizing and upscaling w/ sound, an early Thomas Edison film from 1904.
Filmed at Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Cinematographer G.W Bitzer. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Captivating film of women at work in 1904
As I worked on this footage, frame by frame, coming to life, I was increasingly humbled by the following thought. Every single soul who lived on Earth when this was filmed, down to the youngest baby, has passed away.
The result is a moving glimpse in to the past, a time capsule of humanity.
The Gibson Girl
The Gibson Girl look was the personification of Edwardian era fashion in America. The feminine ideal figure. The name was attributed to the famous pen-and-ink illustrations of artist Charles Dana Gibson from the 1890s.
This rare film is a chance to see with added 4K clarity, the true Edwardian era fashion of the American Gibson girl. Their trumpet skirts and blouses that were the staple daily style for women nearly 120 years ago. The pompadour hairstyles, which made a brief comeback during the 1940s. It’s also worth bearing in mind all these ladies were wearing s-bend corsets.It must have been a long tough day for these women, working as factory girls.
Working conditions were pretty tough for women in the late 19th century and early 20th century. No doubt, due to the occasion, these girls tried to look their best. They are certainly captivating, all these years later. Their feminine grace shines out from a time long since past.
The original footage held by Library of Congress is rather poor quality. This is my second attempt at restoring this time capsule.
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