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A Corner of Barnet Fair

Two for the price of one! This reel of film was among a small haul of early films and fragments, by then around one hundred years old, discovered and then donated to the BFI in the 1990s. In this case, two items were joined together on the reel. The first is believed to be A Corner of Barnet Fair, one of the films made by pioneer Birt Acres.

Non-Fiction 1896 2 mins Silent


The other item is a street scene whose location and filmmaker remains unidentified to this day. Any thoughts, on a digital postcard, as to where it was filmed will be gratefully received. The image on both items was already severely deterioriated prior to their rediscovery and urgent duplication, but even in this compromised form these are precious artefacts of the early days of film in Britain.