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Children sleep while Santa Claus appears in their bedroom to deliver their presents, directed by George Albert Smith in 1898.
[Pillow Fight] Children in the Nursery
Pillows explode as two young boys fight in their nursery after being put to bed in this film by Robert Paul from the late 1890s.
Upside Down; or, The Human Flies
A group become the subjects of a man's magic trick in this Robert Paul production of the late 1890s, featuring the animation techniques of Walter Booth.
Grandma’s Reading Glass
A boy examines the objects around him with a large magnifying glass as he sits with his grandma in this 1900 film by George Albert Smith.
The Sick Kitten
A young boy helps a girl heal a sick kitten in this film by George Albert Smith of 1903.
Dear Boys Come Home for the Holidays
Two boys cause havoc in their family home in this 1904 comedy by James Williamson.
An Interesting Story
A distracted man with his 'head in a book' pours coffee in his hat and injures his staff before he is flattened by a steam roller in this 1905 comedy by James Williamson.
A Visit to Peek Frean and Co. Biscuit Works
~A Visit to Peek Frean and Co.'s Biscuit Works~ represents one of the earliest surviving examples of a film documenting British industry. The film records the stages involved in the semi-automated manufacture of biscuits at the Peek Frean and Co. factory (Clements Road) in Bermondsey, South London, from the delivery of raw materials to the distribution of the finished article. Each stage is introduced by an explanatory intertitle.
Amateur footage which features footage of the ornate interior of the Alhambra Palace in Grenada.
[Home at Shanghai [?]; Trip to Hong Kong; Armistice Day]
This film opens with the Simpsons filming each other outside a house and the couple aboard a boat, playing games on deck. The next film shows highlights of an Armistice Day memorial event in Central Hong Kong. At the Cenotaph officers and men lay wreaths, surrounded by armed forces veterans and spectators.
[Visit to Foochow; Bradford Dyers Association in Shanghai]
This black and white film features coastal and rural scenes of Fuzhou with boats and smaller trading vessels in a bay. The second part of the film highlights street scenes from 'The Bund', Shanghai with interior and exterior shots of a colonial office building of the Bradford Dyers Association. Street scenes outside show everyday life, with street traders and children playing in the street.
Staley Family Domestic
|Date||1928 - 1931||ID||3210|
This family film focuses on the activities of six year old daughter Pam who plays with a board game and other toys at home, rides a horse on the beach and plays with autumn leaves. She has her first walk to School with her mother, climbs a tree and convalesces after a tonsillectomy.
[Compilation: Come to the Fair; Felix, a Live Wire; Rosie’s Nightmare; A Palace of Yore’ Hampton Court; The Merseyside Sea Scouts; Golf with Archie Compton; Australian Grape Farming]
|Date||1928 - 1935||ID||8192|
A compilation of eight films, including scenes at a fairground and Hampton Court Palace, a theatrical performance, fiction film and two cartoons and a short slow motion section showing a man swinging a golf club, all produced between 1928 and 1935 and compiled by Mr. F. G. S. Wise, a photographer from North London.
[Canterbury and Miscellaneous Scenes]
This silent amateur film begins by featuring Canterbury, its history and famous landmarks, including the cathedral, all accompanied with titles explaining the scenes. The latter part of the film includes brief shots of a zoo, children riding on a camel, a railway signalman at work and families hop picking.
St Bartholomew’s Hospital
A tour of St Bartholomew's Hospital, a voluntary hospital in Rochester. This professionally made film with intertitles informs the viewer of the costs involved in the delivery of modern and efficient health care. It was made to serve as a fundraising tool.
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