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Around Europe by train and several books

Paris, 1896, and a small crowd sit expectantly, excitedly in a darkened room. A large, heavy steam train pulls in to a bustling platform and the select, seated audience becomes increasingly panicked, convinced the train is headed straight for them. One of the earliest films shown by the Lumière brothers, at a time when the public was only beginning to understand the new medium of motion pictures, Arrival of a train at La Ciotat station captured the excitement that two new forms of technology brought to the nineteenth century imagination; those of cinema and trains. Continue reading

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