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Our Christmas 1941 - Spent at Daisy's and Dolly's

It's the season to eat, drink and be merry in the Tigg household, with feasting and jollity captured in this vivid amateur film.

Amateur film 1941 7 mins Silent


"Who said we were rationed?", asks an opening intertitle in this wartime Christmas home movie showing deprivation overcome, for one splendid day at least. After a meal around a crowded table, a flourish of gifts are dispensed from a decorated model ship (in place of a Christmas tree) - along with a kiss for each recipient. Then it's off to Ern and Evelyn's for tea and a spot of table-tennis.

The film's main location may well be Harrow, as the final intertitle suggests. The home movies made by the extended Tigg -Osborne family span several generations of family life, many of which are held in the BFI National Archive.