Collection Joseph Horowitz
Joseph Horowitz was a London based businessman who made films in the 1930s and 1940s documenting his travels, on business and pleasure across Europe, the Middle East, the United States, parts of Africa and India
|Collection ID||45||Reference code||WS 971128|
|Materials||FILM 16mm FILM EQUIPMENT DOCUMENTATION|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Joseph Horowitz was an importer/exporter living in central London at the time these films were made in the 1930s and 40s, and this collection documents his travels, on business and pleasure, all over the world. The collection contains both colour and black and white films featuring trips across Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition to this, visits to various parts of Africa and India form a prominent part of this collection.
The majority of these films were made in the mid to late 1930s, and some of the European footage is interesting in the light of later historical developments, particularly the footage of Orthodox Jewish communities in Poland [African Scenes; Paris Visit; Winter Scenes; Travel Scenes] (1936-1939) and Horowitz's visit to Nuremberg in Germany [Outing to a Zoo; Trip to Germany; African Village] (1935-1947). Horowitz, himself of Jewish descent, was visiting the town when it had a great number of ties to the Nazi party. Most of the European footage, though, documents early tourism, in the Swiss Alps, and in Paris, as well as days out at London zoo [African Scenes; Paris Visit; Winter Scenes; Travel Scenes] (1936-1939). The film of Denmark is unusual in the collection in documenting a family holiday at the seaside, but also includes city scenes of Copenhagen [Holiday to Denmark] (1937). Horowitz's film of New York was taken on a trip on the Queen Mary, one of the largest and most famous ocean liners in the world at the time [Trip to New York] (1937).
The films of India record trips to many different parts of the country, from a funeral pyre on the Ganges to the streets of Mumbai. This latter trip forms part of a longer journey, which takes Horowitz by boat through Port Said in Egypt, down the Suez canal and through Aden, at the time ruled as part of British India but now part of Yemen [Stay in India] (1935).
Films in this collection:
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[Trip to Switzerland; Visit to London Zoo]
A trip to the mountains in Switzerland is followed by a day out in London, where the group of friends visit the zoo.
[Stay in India]
This record of a trip to India also contains footage of sea travel, by liner, via Port Said in Egypt and Aden in Yemen. It documents an elephant ride, many street scenes, one featuring a snake charmer, and images of the harbours passed on the journey.
[Outing to a Zoo; Trip to Germany; African Village]
|Date||[ca. 1935 - 1936]; [ca. 1946-1947]||ID||3524|
This amateur film begins with B&W images of a trip to a zoo and a holiday to Nürnberg. It continues with colour footage of a traditional rural African village and the tribal people who inhabit it and the surrounding area.
[Visit to India]
On the banks of the Ganges, a funeral pyre is prepared. Street scenes follow, before an Asian couple in Western riding gear pose for the camera. People board a train on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. The landscape is filmed from a train window, before a busy city street scene. A group of European friends are seen having tea, before footage of boats in a bay, filmed from the deck of a ship.
[African Scenes; Paris Visit; Winter Scenes; Travel Scenes]
Comprising nine reels of film, this footage begins with a trip by businessman Joseph Horowitz to Johannesburg, South Africa. Travel by ship follows, before scenes of Paris, a canal journey, and portraits of friends in a London street. More footage documents travel through the Alps, a Polish mountain town in winter and Indian street life, before shots of an imposing modern church in a Francophone town.
[Holiday to Denmark]
Both colour and black and white footage documents a holiday to Denmark, including the flight from Croydon airfield, the beach at Tisvildeleje, and Copenhagen street scenes.
[Trip to New York]
Colour footage depicts a trip to New York, with views of Times Square at night, Harlem, a baseball game at the Yankee stadium and Wall Street. The transatlantic journey from Southampton to New York, on board the Cunard ocean liner Queen Mary, is also documented in black and white footage.
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