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Making of Tennis Balls at Rex Rubber
Making of Tennis Balls at Rex Rubber

Making of Tennis Balls at Rex Rubber 1955

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Making of Tennis Balls at Rex Rubber 1955

4 mins England

This behind-the-scenes film shows each individual stage of tennis ball production (albeit, unfortunately, not in the right order), making for curiously hypnotic viewing. Whether it’s the stamping of rubber into hemispheres, or the cutting out of fabric to stick on the balls, these manufacturing processes are still basically used today - even if the technology probably looks a little flashier.

The film was sponsored by the Rural Development Commission, a body which existed to spread economic opportunities across Britain. But tennis ball production is an industry which has now deserted Bradford-on-Avon (and almost all of Britain) in favour of overseas factories. The town’s association with rubber-working dated back to the Industrial Revolution, continuing in some form until the 1990s.

Genres

Amateur film

Tags

Rubber Women workers Balls Factories

Collection

Tennis on Film

Released

1955

Country

England

Language

English

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