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 ID45Reference codeWS 971128
TitleJoseph Horowitz
ProductionJoseph Horowitz
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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).

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