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Peddlers' Progress
Peddlers' Progress

Peddlers' Progress 1949


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Peddlers' Progress 1949

9 mins

Set off on an awfully big adventure around scenic Scotland in this amateur 1940s travelogue, filmed in colourful Kodachrome. Four clean-cut intrepid youngsters sing and cycle their way round youth hostels by way of Ben Nevis, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Glasgow, Edinburgh Zoo, Queensferry, Dundee, Auchmithie and Alford. Good, wholesome fun with plenty of fresh air, corduroy shorts and lashings of ginger beer!

This fun amateur film was donated to the Scottish Screen Archive in 2008, but little is known about the young people depicted, the only clue being the credit 'E.J.G.S. Film Productions' shown at the beginning. Could this refer to the group of friends it follows? The film may have been shown just to family and friends, or the film makers may have belonged to a cine club, with regular screenings of members' work. Many films donated to the Scottish Screen Archive remain mysteries; the people featured may be unknown, but their stories offer heartwarming and tantalising insights into the lives of the people who made them.

The Scottish Screen Archive is a film and video collection of over 100 years of Scotland's history. It reflects 20th-century Scottish social, cultural and industrial history, the lives of ordinary Scots across the generations and the achievements of Scottish film-makers in the craft of film production.


Travelogue Non-Fiction


Cycling Bicycles Youth hostels


Cycling On Film Freewheeling Home Movies & Amateur Film





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E.J.G.S Productions

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