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The Bradford Dyers Association's Offices in Shanghai and Messing About in the Courtyard
The Bradford Dyers Association's Offices in Shanghai and Messing About in the Courtyard

The Bradford Dyers Association's Offices in Shanghai and Messing About in the Courtyard 1929

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The Bradford Dyers Association's Offices in Shanghai and Messing About in the Courtyard 1929

1 mins United Kingdom

In this short chiaroscuro-style film, we see the staff of the Bradford Dyers Association at work in their Shanghai office. A Chinese member of staff, wearing a traditional two-piece suit, poses for the camera while carrying cans bearing the logo of the company. We also see Charlotte Simpson with other staff members larking about in the office building's courtyard.

William Simpson, who made this film, worked for the Bradford Dyers Association in Shanghai, at Number 1, The Bund. The BDA was first registered on the 3rd December 1989 and its purpose was to acquire the business of various firms in Bradford and Yorkshire who were engaged in the piece dyeing trade. After almost a century of acquisitions, the BDA were themselves bought out by Viyella in 1964. It is not clear when the BDA's Shanghai office was opened but it is known that they were exporting silks, cottons and woollens, dyed in Bradford, all over the world. By the time the Japanese Imperial Army occupied most of Shanghai in late 1937, William and his wife Charlotte had already left the city.

Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. The archive's collections of magic lantern slides, films, videos and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Statues China Chinese people Shanghai Offices

Collection

Shanghai - Pearl of the Orient

Released

1929

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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