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Watts Family Films: Karen’s Third Birthday, Epsom (1976)
Children sit round the dining table for a rather formal children’s tea, rounded off by a cake with slightly frustrating candles.
Home movie 1976 3 mins Silent
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Short, slightly blurry film of children celebrating a third birthday with tea round a dining table. Includes useful glimpses of some stylish mums and interesting 1970s interiors – note the period wallpaper in particular. Ends with the birthday cake in the shape of a number three, with candles that require a helping blow from mum.
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