We Have Steampunk Police Surveillance Movies

Our reader Chris Williams has an article out in Surveillance and Society about the early history of police surveillance on film in Britain. It’s a Europe-wide issue, but one which a lot of people both imagine is restricted to Britain and recent. But back in 1935, the police in Chesterfield were training 16mm cine cameras into the main market place…all in an attempt to catch illegal gamblers. Here is some of the footage.

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About Alex Harrowell

Alex Harrowell is a research analyst for a really large consulting firm on AI and semiconductors. His age is immaterial, especially as he can't be bothered to update this bio regularly. He's from Yorkshire, now an economic migrant in London. His specialist subjects are military history, Germany, the telecommunications industry, and networks of all kinds. He would like to point out that it's nothing personal. Writes the Yorkshire Ranter.