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Little Cripples Day
Little Cripples Day

Little Cripples Day 1916


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Little Cripples Day 1916

1 mins United Kingdom

An ostentatious display of good deeds for the camera. With no visible sign of the 'cripples' themselves (the term makes us squirm now, but would have been acceptable at the time), this newsreel might look to a modern viewer more like a publicity photocall than an actual news report. Its focus is the top-hatted dignitaries pictured taking sending off food supplies from London's Guildhall - in showy horse and cart.

Everything here seems to happen for the benefit of the filmmakers. A variety of angles suggests an elaborate camera setup, and the main players go about their business looking directly to the lens. Overseeing the ceremony is the moustachioed Sir William Henry Dunn, the Lord Mayor of London in 1916. The hamper bears the name of his predecessor, Sir William Treloars, who had set up a 'cripples' fund' during his time in office. The century-old footage could be clearer, but a food packet reading 'sliced ox tongue' is a nice detail.




Charities Disabled people Guildhall (City of London) Children Dunn, William Henry (1856-1926)


1916 on Film




United Kingdom



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