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Aberaeron - Alban Square
Aberaeron’s pharmacist, with ready access to film, takes a camera out with his family and records them in town, on the beach and by the river.
Home movie 1929 13 mins Silent
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Could this film, one of a small collection shot by pharmacist Evan John Thomas, be amongst the earliest footage of Aberaeron in existence? Thomas came to the town in 1924 and, with ready access to film, recorded his family at the seaside (donkey, merry-go-round), along by the river and in Alban Square. There are also shots of various animals including a farm's bull. Thomas was Chair of Cardiganshire Civil Defence Committee, for which service he received an OBE in 1963.
Pioneers of Personal Film
Amateur film 1927 14 mins Silent
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Absolutely Aberaeron: the boats, the buildings and the greasy pole!
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Amateur film 1940 1 mins Silent Location: Aberaeron
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