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Holiday at Sandgate

Enjoy a colourful post-war holiday at Sunny Sandgate in this nostalgic film from Herman Voss made on the Kent coast in August 1946

Amateur film 1946 4 mins Silent

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In this colour film, made by Herman Voss in 1946, we see holiday makers walk along Sandgate's Esplanade while a young man poses by a large car. A view from the western end of the Esplanade shows the Waffle Inn and the beach. Next we visit the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and see trains pass by, chock full of visitors in open-topped carriages. The family then goes for a swim on a beach near cliffs and end the day with a picnic. We also see a large house, which may be the family home.

Amateur filmmaker H. A. Voss worked for the British Phosphate Commission and travelled extensively both on business and, with his family, for pleasure. Consequently much of the collection held at Screen Archive South East, features foreign travel and family holidays. Beginning in the early 1930s, Mr Voss filmed domestic scenes at home in Coulsdon, Surrey and in Switzerland, where the family lived from 1948 to 1949. In his professional capacity he filmed various aspects of phosphate mining in the USA and the Pacific Islands, as well as other foreign travels including Japan, Hong Kong and Egypt. He also filmed many bomb-damaged cities in post-war Germany.