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Merthyr Office Staff 1936
The Shermans, Cardiff-raised sons of a Jewish tailor from eastern Europe, film in Merthyr, home of one of their betting shops, and feature local solicitor Mr B. Hamilton.
Home movie 1936 2 mins Silent
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Rags to riches: 4 Cardiff-raised sons of a Jewish tailor originally from eastern Europe established a bookmaking business in Cardiff and Merthyr and 2 of them went on to run a highly successful football pools business – Shermans Pools Ltd. This film shows the Sherman betting shop at 8 Glebeland Street, Merthyr, and local solicitor, Benjamin Hamilton, who is believed to have shared the premises.
The 4 Sherman brothers, raised (and born, according to some sources) in the Riverside area of Cardiff with their 4 sisters, were Isaac, Jack, Abraham [Abe] and Harry (1887-1961). Having set up the bookmaking business, Isaac, Jack and Harry emigrated to America during the First World War. Harry returned and he and Abraham then set up Shermans Pools Ltd. The two businesses made the brothers a fortune, a significant portion of which they passed on to various charities in Britain and Israel via The Sherman Foundation. Harry lived in Cardiff, Abraham in Merthyr at Park Lodge, Thomastown. The pools business was bought by Littlewoods in 1961, the betting business by William Hill.
Jewish Britain on Film
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Amateur film 1960 9 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Some serious moves can be seen by guests of all ages in his lovely film showing the Bar Mitzah celebrations of Harold Defries in London in 1960.
The Friendship Club River Tyne Boat Trip
Amateur film 1956 1 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
All aboard a Tyne ferry, the Friendship Club of Newcastle take a pleasure trip down river in glorious summer sunshine.
Amateur film 1934 4 mins Silent Location: Spitalfields
A rare glimpse inside the Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor in the East End during the early 1930s.
Maccabi Sports Club
Amateur film 1950 1 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
An amateur filmmaker records prize giving at the annual Newcastle Maccabi club sports day - a colourful fragment of local Jewish life.
Joe Kagan: Just Another Bump in the Road
Current affairs 1980 38 mins Location: Elland
An intriguing insight into the extraordinary life of Lord Kagan, Jewish escapee from the Nazis, clothier to the Royals, and close friend of Harold Wilson and KGB spy Vaygauskas.
Scenes at Maccabi Youth Club, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Amateur film 1937 9 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
An evocative snapshot of Jewish life at the Maccabi club in the West End of Newcastle as the community prepares for World War Two.
Tank 'Julian' in Merthyr
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Merthyr Tydfil
Julian', a battle-scarred tank, is the toast of Merthyr in June 1918. Spot 3 women without hats in the crowd that greets the monster guest.
Owen Humberstone Prosser - Ebbw Vale
Amateur film 1959 16 mins Silent Location: Crumlin
Owen Humberstone Prosser, an expert on railways and canals, captured the Crumlin Viaduct on film in 1959, before its demolition in 1967, a victim of the Beeching rail cuts.
Presentation of the Freedom of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil to Arthur Lewis Horner
Amateur film 1959 13 mins Silent Location: Merthyr Tydfil
Arthur Lewis Horner is honoured in the most prestigious way by being granted the Freedom of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil.
Civic Year 1976-7
Amateur film 1976 14 mins Silent Location: Merthyr Tydfil
A visual diary recording the events of a civic year which includes the installation of the mayor, a parade and a visit from Prince Charles.
Mayors of Merthyr Tydfil
Amateur film 1950 15 mins Silent Location: Merthyr Tydfil
A collection of Installation Ceremonies introducing Merthyr Tydfil's various mayors over a period of years.
Barry Motor Cycle Scramble Races - and others
Amateur film 1953 37 mins Silent Location: St Athan/Sain Tathan
“Spare a copper”, reads an intertitle, for the St John’s Ambulance Brigade who attend the muddy scrambles which are a challenge to man, woman and bike.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
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U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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