One million minutes of historical video dating back to 1895 – from footage of a hover scooter floating on a cushion of air to Mussolini calling for world peace – have been uploaded onto YouTube.
In what is the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date the Associated Press and British Movietone are to host a collection of 550,000 video stories on two YouTube channels.
The digitised archival footage includes coverage of political milestones and historical moments in sport – fashion – science and entertainment.
The channels will be continually refreshed with up-to-date contemporary footage according to AP – offering a ‘view-on-demand visual encyclopedia’.
From grainy black-and-white newsreel clips of the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 to more modern high-definition video of Taylor Swift ‘shaking it off’ at Madame Tussauds alongside her new waxwork – it could take around two years to watch all of the footage.