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Ross Family Pictures
Join the Ross family and friends - and a frisky fox terrier - for fun in the garden, frolics on the beach and plane-spotting at Croydon Aerodrome
Amateur film 1933 17 mins Silent
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Charles Ross’ home-movie conveys an atmosphere of domestic jollity despite tensions elsewhere. We start with garden poses before moving to Croydon Airport to view the planes – including a Lufthansa Ju-52 bearing swastika emblems. Family and friends, including a baby and a toddler, play in the garden along with a frisky fox terrier. Later, on a shingle beach, we see sunbathers and close-ups of feet followed by men gurning away at the camera while children play in the sea.
Despite the light-hearted and jolly atmosphere of this film, the appearance of the Deutsche Lufthansa Ju-52 airliner with swastika markings on the tail reminds the viewer of the international situation at the time of filming. D-AFER, was named 'Franz Büchner' after the World War One German fighter ace who was credited with 40 victories against the Allies. Another interesting aircraft in this film is the Imperial Airways' Handley Page HP 42 airliner carrying the registration G-AAXC and named 'Heracles'. These aircraft could carry 24 passengers to various locations around the Empire. G-AAXC was wrecked in a gale in 1940 after she had been pressed into RAF service, though happily there were no casualties.
Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives
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Amateur film 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Croydon
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Amateur film 1974 1 mins Silent Location: Croydon
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Amateur film 1937 14 mins Silent Location: Croydon
Join the Hinchcliffs at Bracklesham Bay in this family film from 1937 - with beachside frolics, sand yachts and Uncle Bert’s fishing lessons
Amateur film 1977 5 mins Silent Location: Croydon
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Jaunty, optimistic look at Croydon being reconstructed in the 1960s, with large concrete towers presented as a symbol of a bright new future.
Amateur film 1937 12 mins Silent Location: Croydon
A plane spotter's paradise - a look back at the long lost aircraft that flew in Britain's skies during the 1930s.
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