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To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly (1909)

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British naturalist and nature documentary pioneer Percy Smith created this short silent film of a mechanical replica spider in 1909 to educate the public about arachnids. To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly can be found in the British Film Institute National Archive, an organization dedicated to collecting British and British-related films and TV programs.

releasing a line to catch the wind
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• Amazing Maize, a 1933 Secrets Of Nature short

Plus, don’t miss this pioneering short: Georges Méliès: L’homme à la tête de caoutchouc (1901).

via @DrJoeHanson.

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