Title ID 4865Collection ID657
TitleCamera Mag No. 2 Edition
CollectionEltham Cine Society / John Purvis Howard
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeCine Club Film-making Wartime and Military
KeywordsAircraft Armed Forces Film Making Labour Parks Second World War (1939-1945) Trades Workers Sport
LocalBiggin Hill Eltham Hendon
RegionalGreater London Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEltham Cine Society
ParticipantsKingsley Wood; Leslie Hore-Belisha
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration14 min. 31 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film by the Eltham Cine Society, recording various events and activities in 1939. The film includes the making of a cricket bat, scenes at Castlewood and St. James's parks, the use of vinyl LP sound recording equipment, and government ministers visiting RAF Hendon and Biggin Hill.


Just Bats

The film opens with the title: "Eltham Cine Society presents Camera Mag No.2 Edition." and the first intertitle declares "Just Bats!". The film follows the process of making a cricket bat at Gradidge of Woolwich. The finished product is stamped 'Gradidge, Imperial Driver'.

Summer Studies at Castlewood Eltham and St James's Park

Scenes of gardens at Castlewood, in Eltham and at St James's Park are followed by night time illuminations at Blackpool.

Sound Recording on Direct Replay Blanks - See how we do it! ECS

The film-makers then demonstrate a new set of equipment for the Cine Society to use. They show how they use the sound recording equipment to capture the voice of a woman singing into a microphone, by etching grooves with a needle onto a 12 inch vinyl disc. The record is then cleaned and played back.

Minister for Air, Our President, at Hendon and Biggin Hill, June 9th 1939

The final item on the film records the attendance of the Secretary of State for Air (Kingsley Wood), and the Secretary of State for War (Leslie Hore-Belisha) at RAF Hendon and RAF Biggin Hill, only months before the outbreak of the Second World War, on June 9th 1939. The two ministers visit the air fields and, with RAF officers, pose for cameras by a number of aircraft. They are seen boarding some of the aircraft and they watch trials of an unnamed prototype fighter and the G-AEXX King Edward VIII 'Kings Flight' Airspeed Envoy III taking off from the runway.


A Still from 'Camera Mag No. 2 Edition' (1939) showing a cricket bat being madeA Still from 'Camera Mag No. 2 Edition' (1939) showing the Secretary of State for Air (Kingsley Wood) with an RAF officerA Still from 'Camera Mag No. 2 Edition' (1939) showing a prototype aircraft