Queen Victoria on Film? THE REAL Queen Victoria? #amwriting

I’m always looking for things to use to lend “artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative,” as Gilbert and Sullivan put it.

And I found this: Yester*Vid. Want to see dance moves from the 1920s? Want to see the oldest footage of New York, London, Chicago? Want to see THE Queen Victoria in a carriage, holding her Pomeranian (dog, that is)?

I think this is great! Even if your book isn’t set in the past, if the past plays a part (and doesn’t it always?), it could be useful to be able to describe what someone in an old photo is wearing, or to refer to some little detail that would add characterization or might even end up being a plot point.

Yester*Vid has a YouTube channel, too. Highly recommended.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Look at one of Yester*Vid’s offerings and concoct a plot involving it.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Queen Victoria on Film? THE REAL Queen Victoria? #amwriting

  1. Dan Antion

    April 3, 2017 at 7:36am

    I don’t dare look until I get home. Sounds like a great resource. Thanks!

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      Marian Allen

      April 3, 2017 at 8:06am

      You’re a wise man. The day would be over, and you’d still be watching old film. 😀

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  2. Joey

    April 3, 2017 at 12:53pm

    I had no idea.
    I think I’m glad I don’t have time today and had to bookmark it.

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  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    April 5, 2017 at 8:47pm

    We’ve had video for a good while now. I have family movies of my great grandfather at the turn of the century. The TWENTIETH century – in the Mexico City of dictator Porfirio Diaz (a trump in his day).

    The old fashioned cars down Paseo de la Reforma. Even horse-drawn carriages.

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