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Murder in the Air
“There is nothing you can beat about the Bush”: the wireless wows in this stylish ad for Bush Radio.
Advert 1935 4 mins Silent
The wireless wows in this stylish ad for Bush Radio in which the sound quality is so good that it tricks a policeman into believing a crime is taking place. Promising to “Get any programme you want… and forget the others”, the Bushranger model featured came in at 13 guineas – equivalent to almost £1000 today. While affordable not just for the super-rich, this price made it an aspirational lifestyle product of its day - out of reach for many working-class consumers.
Cinema Advertising Comes of Age
Advert 1946 5 mins Silent
Pun-filled cartoon cinema ad for radios
Advert 1941 5 mins
An amazingly complex cinema ad, disguised as a trailer for a film that never existed
Advert 1942 5 mins
Super soft-sell Persil ad, in the guise of a lush Technicolor essay on colour itself.
Advert 1935 4 mins
Pratfalls galore in rib-tickling commercial for Bush radios.
Advert 1940 3 mins Silent
This propaganda advert encourages housewives to use Persil, the powder that gives “longer life to your linens”.
Musical 1937 23 mins
A Co-op window dresser dreams of his mannequins coming to life in this musical fashion fantasy.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.