Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This Video From The 1960s Proves The London Underground Has Always Been Antisocial

tube2.jpg
tube1.jpg

Smartphones are apparently the scourge of modern social life: they've ruined our ability to get dates, communicate and remember things.

However, the notion that they're the cause of a new antisocial mindset ridding the world of cheery small talk and polite conversation would appear to be total bull.

The following archive video belongs to the Kinolibrary Archive Film library, an independent agency that collects remarkable historic footage from around the world. Filmed in and around the London Underground in the late 1960s, it's a rare window into what the average commute looked like in the UK's capital some 50 years ago.

The suits are huge. The hair cuts are understated. But more striking than any obvious sixties culture trend is the total lack of conversation between Londoners, who'd apparently much rather dip into a broadsheet newspaper or gaze into middle distance than acknowledge their fellow travellers. And also the fact that people used to smoke on the underground.

smoking on the london underground

Maybe it's just a city thing? Maybe us Brits have always been rubbish at making smalltalk away from bus stops or queues for the post office? Maybe it's a genetic thing, that what we all want is just a nice quiet sit down - ideally with a cup of tea. 


MORE


Related

segway2.jpg

Watch A Street Hero Stop A Would-Be Segway Robbery

GettyImages-109696462.jpg

Westboro Baptist Church Now (Sort Of) Supports Gay Marriage

moth2.jpg

You Can Buy The Rights To Have This New Moth Species Named After You

madmax1.jpg

8-bit Mad Max: Fury Road is Predictably Awesome

usb2.jpg

This Tiny USB Stick Can Kill A Laptop In Seconds

6s.png

20 Best Smartphones For Any Budget

Comments

More

Man erects 6ft Jeremy Clarkson head in his front garden

How long until this gets vandalised?

by Alex Finnis
22 Feb 2017

This homeless man found out he'd got a job and it made his day

Joy still exists

by Emily Badiozzaman
22 Feb 2017

Find out what your life would be like in other countries

Discover how you'd be doing if you lived in different places all round the world

by Alex Finnis
22 Feb 2017

Iceland President apologises for his controversial stance on pizza

And shares his personal recommendations

by Emily Badiozzaman
22 Feb 2017

Deputy Labour Party leader does solidarity dab for Corbyn at PMQ

Welcome to 2017

22 Feb 2017

Two Texans accidentally shot each other and then blamed migrants

'Murica

by Emily Badiozzaman
22 Feb 2017

Donald Trump has given falsehoods on every day of his presidency

Fake facts, SAD!

by Emily Badiozzaman
22 Feb 2017

Primark forced to pull "racist" 'Walking Dead' T-shirt

The shirt's imagery has been called "directly threatening of a racist assault"

by Alex Finnis
22 Feb 2017

An insane spinning skyscraper is being built in Dubai

Literal 360 views

by Emily Badiozzaman
21 Feb 2017

Donald Trump owns 3,643 websites about himself

Including DonaldTrumpSucks.com

by Emily Badiozzaman
21 Feb 2017