A beautifully shot amateur tourist film about Edinburgh, shot by Clifford Strain in the early 1930s. Strain focuses on popular tourist sites such as the Castle, the house of John Knox, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Forth Rail Bridge, Calton Hill and the Scottish National War Memorial. Particularly nice shots of Princes Street and its old tram system are interesting, considering the recent tram saga in today's city!
Filmed by Clifford Strain, who worked as a photographer and filmmaker in the 1930s. Previously working in the shipping industry, Strain decided to pursue his long term interest in film and opened a studio in Glasgow, initially undertaking commercial photography and advertising films. He went on to make a film called ‘The Cosy Room’, about a man who was to be hanged, doing all the technical work himself and recruiting friends to work as extras. As a result of this, he was given a job as Assistant Director at the Gaumont British Picture Corporation in London. Strain left the film business and went on to establish a successful tomato farm in Harrogate in 1937, which he ran until his retirement in 1960.
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