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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Lab [Beach; Lancing College; Countryside]
|Date||[ca. 1938 - 1940]||ID||9798|
This edited colour and black and white film shows the Corder family on an outing to a beach; Visiting Lancing College and having a family picnic in the countryside. Several military aircraft are spotted by the film-maker flying overhead whilst the children splash about in the sea.
[Lancing Beach Scenes in 1939]
This film shows the Corder family on the beach and picnicking in a field. The family lounge on the beach, paddle in the sea, write messages in the sand and play with the dogs on the beach. The family also have a picnic in the countryside.
[Lancing and Worthing Just Before the War]
This colour film shows the Corder family on holiday in Lancing and Worthing, West Sussex. The family sit on the beach eating ice cream and building sand castles. In the second sequence the family visit a pool and Peter Pan's boating pond in Worthing, driving wooden powered boats. Beach huts can bee seen in the background. (See also TID: 9798 containing similar material)
This film features Julia Corder and a young boy enjoying a day out in a park, followed by portrait shots of a young boy; a baby asleep in a pram or cot; a tabby cat sunbathing in a garden and a nurse, midwife or nanny (?) posing for the camera. Colour material of baby in cot also on TID 9793.
Christopher in Cot
|Date||[ca. 1939 - 1940?]||ID||9793|
This short colour film shows baby Christopher in his pram, followed by Mrs Corder and her daughter Julia playing in a garden. The toddler Julia plays on a tricycle and runs around smelling the flowers. The second part features a selection of close-ups of the flowers in the garden and Julia playing with the baby in his pram.
This very short black and white family film opens with Mrs Corder in a garden with a nurse, midwife or nanny. A baby is wrapped in blankets and clothing and is lying on the grass. The second part is of a car parked in a residential street.
|Date||[ca. 1940 - 1942]||ID||9796|
This black and white film shows the Corder family on a day out to a park. The children - Julia and Chris are seen along the route to the park and walking through the gates. Individual shots show Chris in his pram, Julia and Mrs Corder. The second film features the family playing individually in their garden (?). Julia rides on a tricycle and plays with her dolls, whilst the laundry hangs above her head on the washing line.
[Eastbourne: Parks and Gardens]
|Date||[ca. 1940 - 1964]||ID||9801|
This mix of colour and black and white film featuring children (Julia and Chris Corder) playing in a park, in the river Cuckmere (?) and the family playing in a garden. Mrs Corder tries not to be filmed. The second part is of the children (now much older) playing in a park, followed by shots of young children playing in different gardens.
This short black and white film shows the Corder family on holiday in Eastbourne. The family are seen at the seafront, having a picnic on the beach and getting ready to go for a drive in a car.
Julia, Michael New-born, Pinner Court
This edited colour and black and white film shows a young baby sat in a high chair, learning to walk, and exploring a garden and courtyard of a residential building with other members of the family.
This short film features adults and children taking part in a school sports day event, including a three-legged race, refreshments, and some messing about.
[Wedding Guests and Bridal Party]
This colour and black and white film features a wedding party arriving at St George's Church, Headstone (?) followed by colour film of the newlyweds and bridesmaids having their photographs taken outside the church. The couple then prepare to leave the churchyard in a car, as the guests throw confetti over them as they leave.
Sorrells, Chris and Julia, Surrey
This colour film shows the Corder and the Sorrell families at the Sorrell family home in Surrey (?). Shots of individual family members feature: Mr and Mrs Corder, their son Christopher and daughter Julia, and members of the Sorrell family including an older girl wearing a cadet or auxiliary/ armed forces uniform (?).
This film shows the family on holiday in Torquay in Devon, taking walks and boat trips, and then in their garden with their pets.
Blakeney [Norfolk], Sandbanks [Dorset]
This film shows a family holiday to Blakeney Point (Norfolk) and Sandbanks (Dorset) touring the landscape, seaside resort and historical points of interest.
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