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Peterston-Super-Ely July 26th
August shows in south Wales (Peterston-super-Ely, Pontypridd, Rumney, Aberdare and Whitchurch): horses, drays and the hammer and sickle.
Amateur film 1946 17 mins Silent
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The combined south Wales shows seen here – those of Peterston-super-Ely, Pontypridd, Rumney, Aberdare & District and Whitchurch - have it all: spectacular refusals by show jumping horses; the hammer and sickle of the USSR flying alongside the Union Jack, horses and drays, a merry-go-round, and wonderful fancy-dress costumes worn by riders in a parade on horseback (included is a terrier in costume).
The life of these shows has been caught on camera by Reginald George Iles, a founder member of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Agricultural and Horse Shows Association and its official film-maker (he would show the films during the winter months). He worked in the Bonus Department of Imperial Tobacco, Cardiff, and his two daughters were keen horsewomen, both going on to breed horses.
News 1978 2 mins Silent Location: Ottery St Mary
Unique tradition of Ottery St Mary’s flaming tar barrels rolls on
News 1969 15 mins Location: Crumlin
Are champions made with a diet of cereal and Guinness? See the world recording breaking rat in his prime before he gets eaten by his owner’s cat.
News 1981 2 mins Location: Ashton
Ever wondered where the conker capital of the world is? Thought not. Oh! Okay, if you insist: it's Aston in Northamptonshire.
Amateur film 1976 4 mins Silent
From the decade that style forgot - it's the 1976 Portsmouth and Southsea Pram-Olympics!
Non-Fiction 1923 3 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Get that Kruschen Feeling! Pram race to fundraise for the Palace Theatre
News 1980 2 mins Location: Wolverley
Wolverley in Worcestershire boasts an unusual British champion with a record that would bring tears to your eyes.
Amateur film 1948 13 mins Silent Location: Llandeilo
Felinfoel kicks off the August shows with 1½ inches of rain and is a wash-out! But Llandeilo and Whitchurch fare better.
Home movie 1940 10 mins Silent Location: Heath
It's war-time and the garden, where the Iles sisters continue to play, houses an air raid shelter beneath the rockery, and Dad is a Civil Defence Warden.
Home movie 1942 2 mins Silent Location: Heath
John' and 'Johnny', two American GIs billeted in with the Iles family in Heathwood Road, Cardiff, enjoy a bit of fun with their new friends and neighbours.
Amateur film 1945 11 mins Silent Location: Whitchurch
The war is over at last and Victory in Europe Day is celebrated on 8/5/1945 at the Iles home in Heathwood Road, Cardiff, and with parties in Heathway and Albert Street.
Home movie 1941 19 mins Silent Location: Whitchurch
Melingriffith Tinplate Works Home Guard is seen here parading on 23/2/1941, and training e.g. practising using grenades and bayonets, and standing down in December 1944.
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.
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
1965 1 mins Location: York
A world away from zany humour, Richard Lester shows he can also capture the easy opulence of the upper class nibbling After Eight mints.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
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