Title ID 8619Collection ID992
Title[Children; Boating; Fair; Pets]
Date[ca. 1951 - 1959]
CollectionHinchliff Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Urban Life
KeywordsAnimals Boats Clothing Domestic Gardens Fetes Family
LocalCroydon [?]
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA.G. Hinchliff
CameraA.G. Hinchliff
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This mixed colour and black and white film shows family life in the 1950s with a day out at a children's playground; boating on a small river; a village fete and the family playing in their garden with pets.


The first colour section of the film shows the family attending a village fete, dressed in fancy dress (probably for Queen Elizabeth II Coronation in 1953). Some of the children are dressed in mock Elizabethan /Tudor clothing, holding balloons and drinking cups. A sign reads 'Tea Tickets 1/6d' and another reads: 'A health unto her majesty 1953'. A teenage girl is dressed as Elizabeth I while long tubular balloons are inflated for the children. Another child is shown sitting on a pony, while bunting hangs tied to trees and stalls. A young boy dressed in a red velvet cape (possibly a Hinchliff family member ?) is shown wandering around. (Note: this section is very dark with 10 seconds of black before pictures return).

The next section in black and white focuses on the family's two pet cats playing in the garden (quite dark) and a dog and cat eating from large metal trays on the floor. The cat licks the floor to pick up scraps. The dog has a mound of food on the tray.

The film briefly returns to colour, showing an aviary of full of budgerigars sitting on branches behind a screen of wire.

In black and white, the film returns to showing the family pets in the garden. The cat is seen playing with the tennis net and posts, and the dog jumps over the net with adults. The cat and dog play next to a brick fish pond, the cat looks at the fish and attempts to catch one. The film ends with the dog chewing a toy bone (?) whilst a child attempts to chase the dog around the garden.


[Children; Boating; Fair; Pets] (1950s)[Children; Boating; Fair; Pets] (1950s)