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Boulter Family Films: Family and Friends Christmas Party, Becontree (1965)
Two-minutes glimpse of an East London Christmas part, with a small amount of present-opening and a whole lot of hat-wearing and raucous dancing.
Amateur film 1965 2 mins Silent
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Taken from the Boulter Family Films collection, this shows a mid-60s Christmas party in Becontree. A guest opens a present before the floor is cleared for some energetic dancing, possibly the Twist. Almost everybody wears a silly hat, and bonus points to the chap sporting the ruddy cheeks and drooping fag. It all looks a lot of fun. Interestingly, there’s little in the way of decorations, bar a few balloons.
Barking & Dagenham Heritage and Archives Service
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
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Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
Advert 1964 1 mins
Quirky photo-montage film warning of the perils of drink driving.
Charity appeal 1939 2 mins Silent Location: Norwich
Sweet and touching wartime cinema appeal for 300,000 London children spending Christmas far from home.
Non-Fiction 1965 5 mins Location: Derby
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Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
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Boulter Family Films: Baby Girl And Father, Becontree (1964) Boulter Family Films: Baby Girl And Father, Becontree (1964)
Amateur film 1964 3 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Boulter Family Films: Christmas party, Becontree (1960s) Boulter Family Films: Christmas party, Becontree (1960s)
Amateur film 1966 4 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Boulter Family Films: London dockers, Royal Albert Dock (1964) Boulter Family Films: London dockers, Royal Albert Dock (1964)
Amateur film 1964 5 mins Silent Location: Royal Albert Dock
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Boulter Family Films: Christmas Party, Becontree (1964) Boulter Family Films: Christmas Party, Becontree (1964)
Amateur film 1964 12 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Barking & Dagenham (1960s) Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Barking & Dagenham (1960s)
Amateur film 1960 3 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Amateur film 1957 7 mins Silent Location: Becontree
There’s all the elements of a great wedding – hats, ribald graffiti, confetti, awkward relatives – in this short home movie of a wedding in Exeter from 1957.
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
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1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
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Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
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Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
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Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
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