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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.
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News 1980 6 mins Location: Belfast
Meet the president leading the haggis hurling revival and learn how delivering lunch became a sport for kilted gentlemen.
News 1963 3 mins Silent Location: Rathfriland
A piano player, a magician or sandwiches, which would motivate you to smoke the longest?
News 1975 3 mins Location: Knebworth Ho
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News 1960 1 mins Silent Location: Cooper's Hill
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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.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
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Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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