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Wartime Cinema Christmas Greeting
A thoughtful Christmas message in hope of peace from early in WWII - the absence of loved ones hit hardest at holiday times.
Announcement 1940 1 mins
A Christmas greeting was a familiar extra in the mid-20th century cinema programme. Whether produced by the cinema chain, advertising agent or local owner, a short message to a regular audience was a courtesy and a subtle brand placement opportunity. For this wartime greeting the message appears more heartfelt, and is completely unbranded. The rural images are perhaps a clichéd picture of "what we're fighting for", but it nonetheless offers a moving moment of reflection. Now on with the film!
WWII at the Pictures
War 1939 9 mins
Summer 1939, and an ordinary family gets an alarming taste of war to come in this little-known Ealing Studios propaganda short.
Health in War
Government sponsored film 1940 13 mins
The young, old and infirm are evacuated from Blitz-hit cities in this moving testament to Britain's wartime organisational prowess.
Minister of the Interior (Vim Advert)
Advert 1943 2 mins
This Vim ad cleverly adopts the guise of a wartime public information filler.
Little Miss Muddlehead (Rinso Advert)
Advert 1943 2 mins
Use Rinso and help defeat Hitler! Soap brand Rinso deploys some savvy wartime advertising.
Odeon Cinema Club
Advert 1943 1 mins
"Is everybody happy? YES!" Children were both seen and heard, loudly singing along to this jolly anthem at Odeon National Cinema Clubs across Britain
Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign
1942 4 mins
An Ealing councillor fervently implores local cinemagoers to Dig for Victory!
Windsor Safari Park and a visit to Blackpool
Amateur film 1971 5 mins Silent Location: Windsor
Join the Lee family as they tour Windsor Safari Park and its famous Dolphinarium in this film from 1971. Then follow them to Blackpool Beach for pony trekking and donkey rides.
Building the new library in Hythe
Amateur film 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Hythe
Hythe is the location for this short film which features a new library under construction as well as other views of this attractive Kent coast town
St Barbara's Royal Garrison Church and Hilsea Barracks
Amateur film 1963 6 mins Silent Location: Hilsea
Witness that last years of Hilsea Barracks in this short and wintry film from F Howard - featuring a community of buildings that have vanished from the map
Netley Marsh Steam Engine Rally 1976
Amateur film 1976 4 mins Silent Location: Netley Marsh
The hot summer of '76 is made even hotter by a line-up of working steam traction engines in this nostalgic film from R H Collins
Building Chichester's new County Library
Amateur film 1965 15 mins Silent Location: Chichester
The ancient city of Chichester's new and very modern public library rises from its concrete foundations in this fascinating film from the mid 1960s
Brickmaking at Pycroft Brickworks
Amateur film 1974 11 mins Location: Hayling Island
You'll be up to your knees in clay when you meet the Pyecrofts in this delightful film about a family brick making business on Hayling Island -