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Family Christmas with the Dawson Family

The Dawson family from Norwich conjure up a great Christmas with games and trickery to entertain the children in this home movie.

Home movie 1963 5 mins Silent

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An amateur illusionist steals the show in this home movie showing the Dawson family at home at Christmastime. Great period detail shows a tree complete with colourful decorations, the centrepiece of any home at Christmas. A little boy plays with his brand new gift - a 'Mouse Trap Game'. It's Mum's job to hand out the gifts and bring out the trifle, and the home movie maker indulges in some trick photography, making a child "disappear" as if by magic behind a sheet.