Climbing the Clérigos Tower in 1917

This climb, in July 1917, was celebrated in the history of our city.

Two Galician acrobats, father and son, named D. José and D. Miguel Puertullano, to promote a brand of biscuits, climbed, without any security equipment, the 76 meters high that the tower has.
Once up there, they did acrobatics on the cross that ends the tower. Before they had drank tea accompanied by such biscuits, and dropped advertising papers, part that is not seen in this little film.
Below, a huge crowd was watching all this.
To show you this adventure we have a video of about 8 minutes, made from the film at the time, by Raul de Caldevilla, unfortunately without original sound. I draw attention to the way the acrobats are dressed. Pants, shirt and even a tie!

Look at the tranquility of these artists. No ropes or protection net. The basbaques, down here, waited for the fall, and were left without that part of the show.

The Clérigos Church with its tower is the main monument in the city of Oporto. It was designed and built by Nicolao Nasoni in the 18th century.

In 1917, while this adventure was taking place, the Portuguese fought in the First World War, which would only end the following year.

Do not know the author of this text, but I thank him/her for this history sharing!

Does anyone know what Pathé was in the city of Oporto?

Pathé was an open-air theater, located where the later Batalha cinema came to do.

The first silent films in the city were shown at Pathé. It was the only cinema.

At the beginning of the XXth century people said: “Let’s go to Pathé!”, instead of saying, let’s go to the cinema.

The projectionist for the films was Mr. César, best known as Cesinha.

Pathé-Baby was a 9.5 mm film format that, unlike other formats (8, 16, 35 or 70 mm), did not have the drag holes on the side of the film, but in the middle, between each two images.

As a result, the image size was almost equal to 16 mm, as it took advantage of the entire width of the film.

It had the disadvantage that the drag hook easily left the site and damaged the film. To minimize this, some projectors had two drag hooks, which “caught” two successive holes.

The format was relatively popular, and there were even representatives of the brand. In Oporto, it was in Santa Catarina, not far from Via Catarina, but on the opposite side.

Best greetings for everyone, especially those from Oporto or in some way connected to INVICTA.

Film from Oporto and Minho about 100 years old.

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