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British Pathe has made available the short silent feature, “In Those Good Old Days” (1922), featuring Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. The statues are a longstanding muse of Londoners. This film shows that was as true in the 1920s as it is today.

This film appeared three years before the Hollywood silent film, The Lost World (1925, IMDB database), based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s (1912) Lost World (wiki). The film was a special effects extravaganza by the same team that would produce King Kong (1933). The film featured some of the famous American dinosaurs, including Brontosaurus (now Apatosaurus) and Tyrannosaurus rex. The book featured animals inspired by Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. Most prominent was the pterodactyl, whose egg is removed from the lost world by Professor Challenger and taken to London for display. Conan Doyle was inspired to choose the pterodactyl after visiting Crystal Palace Dinosaurs.

 

Special thanks to Richard Luck circulating this material via our Facebook page:
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