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Wealth from Coal
The curious by-products of crude coal - drugs, plastics, benzole and fertilizer among them - and their wartime uses.
1940 10 mins Silent
In a world built on the coal industry, the discovery and use of crude coal by-products for plastics and drugs became increasingly urgent during WWII. This Realist Film Unit production, directed by Edgar Anstey, presents a study of Britain's wealth from the coal industry. Special attention is paid to the by-products that can be manufactured from crude coal - important for their many wartime uses, from motor fuel to plastics, pneumonia medicine and fertilisers.
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