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As Christmas Draws Near
An eccentric parade of mechanical toys to tantalise 1920s kids - and to remind us that Christmas consumerism is nothing new.
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent
Mechanical toys have become a favourite sinister device in horror cinema, and to modern eyes the wind-up wonders captured in this Topical Budget newsreel carry almost equal parts creepiness and charm. Toys like these may once have been the "uppermost thought in every young heart", but few 1920s children would have been lucky enough to find such expensive gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.
Toys Will Be Toys
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Closure of Snibston Colliery
Current affairs 1983 5 mins Location: Snibston
A bleak Christmas for the men of Snibston Colliery as mining in Coalville comes to an end in the last days of 1983.
Drama 1914 33 mins
Moving theatre-set Christmas tale of a former dancer and her child
The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas
Amateur film 1962 17 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
The filmic memoirs in Cambridgeshire of heart surgeon Christopher Parish and his family, beginning with Christmas traditions, and including a royal visit. The year is 1962.
Christmas Church Parade
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
The Iles - in the garden, at the seaside, at Christmas
Amateur film 1940 10 mins Silent Location: Heath
Life with the Iles family: Summer is for cycling, the seaside, tending to tortoises and meeting delightful collie pups. Christmas is for crackers and the gift of a perfect doll.
Daz with the Blue Whitener
Advert 1967 2 mins Location: Devon
Mrs Cross takes the Daz test but what will the outcome be?
T.V. Talk - Lintas
Advert 1954 20 mins
Points of view from a production company at the outset of commercial television in the UK.
Lyons Ice Cream Commercial
Advert 1938 1 mins Silent
From out of the vaults comes this pre-WWII cinema advert for ice-cream
Just the Ticket!
Advert 1953 2 mins
A hard-working Catford clippie and her family star in this cinema ad for hot chocolate.
Heinz Baked Beans : Common Market
Advert 1972 1 mins
In 1972 Britain entered the European common market full of beans. What could go wrong?
Advert 1952 2 mins
A cup of Horlicks helps a struggling husband bring home the bacon in this 1950s advert.