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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.
Ration Book Britain
Bampton Shows the Way
Government sponsored film 1941 18 mins Location: Bampton
Patriotic tale of a Devon village winning the war with carrot Christmas cake and granny's favourite recipe.
The Port of Cardiff 2
Promotional 1943 25 mins Silent Location: Whitchurch
Meat and wheat, oranges and eggs (dried), salmon and peaches (tinned) arrive in Cardiff from Brazil, America, Canada and New Zealand to keep war-time’s wolf from the allied door.
Mrs. Mopp Asks Why
Advert 1943 2 mins
In the national Interest - and your own - make clothes last longer!
Signs of the Times No.58
Advert 1941 4 mins
A curious blue lake, a wonder tablet, a river boat and a picnic essential - sounds like the beginning of a story!
Sketchbook of Fashion (Knights Castile Advert)
Advert 1940 2 mins
The key word in the book of fashion is simplicity
Filling the Gap
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1942 5 mins
No time to veg out – there's a war on. Get your vegetables out!
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.