The Smallest Car in the Largest City in the World (1913)

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    Queen Alexandra ordered a miniature Cadillac car for Crown Prince Olav (later King) of Norway and - never ones to miss an advertising opportunity - the manufacturers arranged the filming of the car's departure from the factory, where it is waved out by an enthusiastic male crowd. This mini marvel continues its jubilant journey through the streets of London - past the Bank of England, around Trafalgar Square and on to Hyde Park. As crowds cheer and leap in front of the camera, desperate to be preserved on film, the driver's composure and deadpan facial expression remains one of the most entertaining aspects of this Edwardian glimpse of British pride. The film ends with some charming footage of a tea party, in which three children run into trouble with the law for speeding! (Anna Kime) All titles on the BFI Films channel are preserved in the vast collections of the BFI National Archive. To find out more about the Archive visit
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    BFI (Youtube)
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    What does this mean? Standard Youtube License
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    Resource type: Video
    Last modified: 5 years, 5 months ago
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