Collection H A Voss
H. A. Voss filmed his family life at home in Coulsdon, Surrey, as well as documenting his holidays and business trips around the world. His daughter later also filmed her family and trips abroad
|Collection ID||275||Reference code||S 010320 / 5|
|Title||H A Voss|
|Dates||1920s - 1970s|
|Production||Mr. Herman Albertus Voss (deceased 1957). Rosalind Foster (Née Voss - Mrs. Wood’s sister, Hermann Voss' daughter)|
|Materials||16mm FILM FILM EQUIPMENT DOCUMENTATION|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This collection spans five decades and as many continents, comprising an enormous variety of films featuring everything from family outings to the workings of phosphate mines. Amateur filmmaker H. A. Voss worked for the British Phosphate Commission and travelled extensively both on business and for pleasure. The Voss family lived in Switzerland between 1948 and 1949, and many of the films in this collection feature travels abroad as well as domestic scenes of family life. After Voss's death in 1957, his daughter Rosalind Foster continued making films, and the later footage, including family scenes and films of a world cruise, is her work.
The earliest films date from the 1930s. Some record family life at home in Coulsdon, Surrey, and holidays in Britain, while others are documents of trips Voss made in a professional capacity to phosphate mines in America and the Pacific Islands. This collection contains some films made during the Second World War, and a great deal of films feature travel in the post-war period, including visits to bomb-damaged German cities. During the forties Voss also returns to America, documenting more of the Florida mines. He also travels across France and Spain, and make many trips to the Alps, recording some spectacular scenery en route. During the family's time in Switzerland, Voss films winter sports in the ski resorts. His later films feature travels in Norway, and across the US, from the East Coast cities to the southern states, California and Hawaii. The collection includes films of Egypt, Hong Kong, and extensive footage of Japan, which Voss visited three times between 1949 and 1953.
The latest films in the collection, filmed by his daughter, Rosalind Foster, feature family scenes as her children are born and grow up in Burpham, Surrey, and more travels abroad. Foster films the family at their villa in Menorca, and cruises which take in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Central America and the West Indies amongst other locations.
Films in this collection:
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Holiday at Sandgate
This family film shows a visit to the Kent coast. The seaside scenes include various shingle beaches; the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway; chalk cliffs at St Margaret's Bay; swimming in the sea and a picnic on the beach.
Humby Hall Farm at Grantham
|Date||[May 1946; September 1946 ?]||ID||1424|
Footage of farm activity during a trip to Humby Hall Farm in Grantham.
[I.M.C.C. Phosphate Mines in America]
|Date||November 1946; [1949?]; March 1951; [1952?]||ID||1432|
Footage of three phosphate mines operated by the International Minerals and Chemical Corporation in Polk County, Central Florida. This film documents the various stages in the mining and processing of phosphate, and the machinery used at the time.
[Visit to America]
Colour amateur footage with intertitles of trips to the United States of America. The film includes footage of Washington and New York, as well as of an American Football match and the suburban homes of family friends and associates.
[I.M.C.C. Mines: Hydrogen]
|Date||[ca. 1946 - 1951]||ID||1459|
In this short film the industrial machinery of a phosphate mine is depicted, in a panorama of the view of a processing plant from machinery in its grounds. The location filmed here appears at the start of another of Mr Voss' films, 'IMCC mines; Noralyn Air Plant', no. 1445. The latter film appears to continue from where this one ends.
[Holidays in Spain]
|Date||September 1947; May 1952||ID||1455|
Travels across Spain feature in this film, recorded on two separate trips. On the first, Mr Voss drives from Barcelona to Madrid, stopping in Bilbao. On the second, almost five years later, Voss travels from Madrid to Burgos, stopping at Aranda de Duero, Estella and Pamplona. He returns to Madrid via the Guadarrama mountains, and visits Roman monuments at Mérida.
[Visit to Belgium and Germany]
Colour amateur footage of a trip to Belgium and Germany shortly after the end of the Second World War. The film, which has intertitles, contains images of bomb-damaged Köln, Frankfurt and Hamburg.
Holidays in Switzerland
On a drive to Switzerland, this film records visits to French towns before a tour of the ports and villages around Lausanne, Lake Geneva and the Rhône Valley. A visit to the Great St Bernard Pass in the Alps is followed by stays in Lucerne and Zurich.
[Skiing in Switzerland and at Purley Ice Rink]
|Date||January 1949; February 1949; May 1949||ID||1429|
A shot of Geneva from across the lake opens the film, followed by footage of the Swiss Alpine resort of Château d'Oex in January 1949. Voss films his children Tony and Christine skiing and ice-skating on a frozen lake where an ice hockey game later takes place. Landscape scenes are followed by footage of "dance club" practice at Purley Ice Rink, filmed that May.
Daily Express Air Pageant at Gatwick
This film opens with footage of aerobatics demonstrations, including one by the American champion, Betty Skelton, before flyovers by two new aeroplanes, the Candair Argonaut and the Boeing Stratocruiser, amongst other aircraft including a helicopter and a biplane. The final demonstration is of a simulated attack by Meteor 4 fighter jets upon an enemy radar post, featuring paratroops.
[Visits to Japan, China and Egypt]
|Date||December 1949; April 1951; May 1953||ID||1435|
Three trips to Japan are recorded in this film,as well as travels in Hong Kong and Egypt. It features footage of many different parts of Japan, including Sagami Bay and Enoshima Island, Tokyo, the temples and shrines of Kyoto, Kamakura and Nara, and the hot spring resorts of Miyanoshita, Atami and Jozankei. The footage of Hong Kong features Kowloon and the surrounding rural areas and in Egypt a trip to Cairo and the pyramids is filmed.
[Holidays in Hawaii]
|Date||December 1949; April 1950; May 1951||ID||1436|
A trip to Hawaii begins at Waikiki Beach, including film of surfers performing elaborate tricks for the camera, and the nearby city of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Voss then travels to the island of Hawaii where he visits a volcano and a tree fern rainforest in the Hawaii National Park. Some professionally made film scenes are intercut with Voss's own film.
A tour of the Scottish Highlands, from Drymen to Glencoe, takes in Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Loch Fyne, Fort William, Loch Leven and Lochearnhead en route.
[Up North; Motorcycle Racing; Wilsford Heath Farm]
|Date||1949; 1950; [1951?]||ID||1456|
This film features collected scenes from trips to the English countryside, beginning with Stretton village in Easter 1949. This is followed by horse racing at Huntingdon, motorcycle racing at Cadwell Park, and scenes filmed over several months at Wilsford Heath Farm, Ancaster. The film finishes with footage of Riverside Farm near Stowmarket.
[B.P.C. Outing; Picnic]
|Date||28 June 1950||ID||1444|
This film records the British Phosphate Commissioners' Annual Picnic in 1950.
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