Collection Corder Family
A collection of over 40 films by Kodak employee Geoffrey Corder and his wife. Films feature family activities, events and holidays, some filmed using experimental Kodak film stock.
|Collection ID||1162||Reference code||WS 100221|
|Dates||1930 - 1960|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This collection of family films document Mr and Mrs Corder's honeymoon, their children, family holidays, outings and family pets.
The films, made by Geoffrey Corder, were produced during his time as Superintendent of the Field Service Department at Kodak, at the company plant in Harrow, Middlesex during the 1930s. As part of his involvement with the engineering teams at Kodak, Geoffrey Corder tested many different Kodak film stocks and processes. Two of these experimental film stocks feature in this collection - a new pre-marketed type of Kodachrome film (possibly developed into Ektachrome) and a black and white Super-X Panchromatic Reversal stock which was not on general release to the public.
The sample Kodachrome films featured in the collection have aged and now show a cyan cast and a fine yellow artefact detail. The Super-X Panchromatic Reversal stock shows a coarse grain, with a high gamma/contrast black and white image.
Geoffrey Corder's film frequently featured his family, led by his children and their friends, as actors moving through the shot or standing and posing for the camera, possibly as a test of the film stock.
Films in this collection:
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[Hereford Cathedral; Churches; Cat; Rural and Coastal Views]
This film shows views of a rural countryside, including sheep being herded. Various shots of Hereford Town show the Cathedral, Prince of Wales Public House, the Old House and several shops. The second part has faded to a strong green tint, features panoramas at Portmeirion, including a view of the hotel and the stone boat in the harbour, along with the wreck of the original Amis Reunis (?).
[Garden with Flower Beds]
This very short black and white film features a vast garden or rural landcape filled with daffodil's. The shot moves around erratically filming the grass, trees and flowers.
[Family at the Seaside; Tea in the Garden]
This short film shows the Corder family on holiday in Eastbourne and Mrs Corder having tea in a sunny garden with another woman.
[Schneider Trophy Flights, Calshot 1931 (HCR)]
This black and white newsreel film provides highlights of the development of the Rolls-Royce Engine used in the Supermarine Rollys-Royce S.6.B. seaplane along with the plane and pilots competing in the Schneider Cup/ Schneider Trophy on 13th September 1931 from Calshot. This film has intertitles throughout.
This film shows a family group in their garden. Portrait style shots of several family members show a toddler in a pram, a young boy playing with a miniature lawnmower and wheelbarrow, and several women and men in outdoor clothing, standing smiling for the camera. There are scenes at the beach before returning to baby and garden scenes.
Maidstone Tuesday Market, January 12th 1932
This black and white newsreel style film follows events at a working livestock market and egg packing company in Maidstone, Kent. Several auctioneers are shown in close-up selling livestock, with dialogue illustrated by titles. The second film shows a business owner and some of his workers at an egg packing factory.
East Dean and Eastbourne
This edited black and white film was captured by Mr Corder while on holiday with Kathleen (his fiance) and her family(?) in Eastbourne, East Dean, Beachy Head & Birling Gap (East Sussex) and the surrounding countryside.
[Mr and Mrs Corder Wedding]
This colour film features Mr Geoffrey Corder and his wife-to-be at their wedding. It was recorded on early experimental Kodachrome film. The wedding party gather at the entrance to the church in Hendon (?) before and after the ceremony. The newlyweds then leave in a car.
[Mr and Mrs Corder Wedding and Honeymoon]
The first part of this film shows the wedding or Mr Geoffrey Corder and his wife-to-be. The second part shows the couple on their Honeymoon in Devon or Cornwall (?), including seaside and village views. The couple visit a Butcher and go on a picnic, possibly in St. Ives (?).
[King George V Silver Jubilee]
This amateur, intertitled, film shows scenes from a tour, for the Silver Jubilee celebrations, in honour of King George V in 1935 between London and Harrow (?), following the completion of the church service in St Paul's Cathedral.
Rose Cottage - Norfolk
This deteriorated colour experimental (?) Kodachrome film follows Geoffrey Corder on holiday with his fiance and family in Lowestoft and in Norfolk, at a picnic, visiting a farm and on a beach. Lowestoft's Claremont pier (?) is seen along with views of an English market town and of the family's holiday home 'Rose Cottage'.
[Holiday in Eastbourne]
|Date||[ca. 1936 - 1939?]||ID||9803|
This film features the Corder family on holiday in Eastbourne. The family visit the village of East Dean, Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters seafront with the Belle Tout lighthouse on the cliffs above.
[King George VI Coronation and May Day Demonstration]
This black and white intertitled film shows the Coronation celebrations for King George VI at St Paul's Cathedral. This is followed by a tour of Central London in a car which includes views of a May Day Socialist demonstration march at Hyde Park. This film concludes with a family group watching the coronation procession from a building on The Strand.
Julia and Park
This tinted colour and black and white film shows everyday life for the Corder family, opening with the children playing in the garden, on a day out to a park and on a family picnic in the countryside.
This edited black and white and colour film shows the Corder Family on Holiday in Dorset. The family take a boat trip to/from the Poole coast, spend time on the beach at Sandbanks and exploring the rural countryside.
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