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Playing on Beach
Playing on Beach

Playing on Beach 1903


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Playing on Beach 1903

United Kingdom

This utterly gorgeous Edwardian home movie is a simple snapshot of a family day out at the seaside: bucket-and-spading on Bognor beach. Private moments preserved on film - here are Alfred and Annie Passmore playing in the sand with their son Brian, while sailor-suited daughters Margaret and Mavis splish-splash in the surf. And this is among the rarest treasures of British cinema: one of the earliest surviving home movies in the world.

The film is one of a collection of 15 home movies, mostly shot by Alfred Ernest Passmore (1867-1948) of his family at home and on holiday between 1902 and 1903.


Home movie


Seaside holidays Family life


Pioneers of Personal Film




United Kingdom



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