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Joan's Birthday Party
Joan's Birthday Party

Joan's Birthday Party 1929


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Joan's Birthday Party 1929

2 mins United Kingdom

The 1920s is an important decade for film and for political, cultural and societal change. This film illustrates style and fashion with bob haircuts, the Mary Jane ankle strap button shoe, loose clothing and the dropped waistline of the shift or chemise dress. What is charming is a child staring down the lens of a moving image camera and early examples of photobombing. So while women's hemlines were rising towards their pearls, the next generation was making its mark.

Joan's father and grandfather had a keen interest in amateur filmmaking and opened the first camera shop in Bournemouth. These are part of Joan's home movie collection and capture the party at a time when the 16mm film format was commercialised in the 1920s. 16mm safety film was introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1923 and became a standard in the non-professional market. A year prior to this, Pathé Frères introduced 9.5mm film with its single central sprocket and these also form part of Joan's home movie collection. By 1932 8mm had been introduced and was to become the true home movie format before the introduction of the video home system (VHS) and digital formats.

The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.

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