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Roadways, Short Movie, 1937 IMDB

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dsl SX

2016-05-02 23:53

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Taken from
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We Live in Two Worlds 2-DVD set and second volume (of 3) of shorts from The GPO Film Unit, covering the period 1936-1938.

Only 15 minutes long, but an amazing kaleidoscope of sequences about motoring and the roads of Britain (which as always mean London and its surroundings) from end of 19th century onwards, with a bit of a history lesson and social commentary. Particular emphasis on how dangerous things had become without regulation, so new speed limits, regulations on driver hours, replacing outdated roads etc. Well worth watching - with repeated viewing to catch everything - but can't find online copy to post link. Getty images has several short clips, but all mixed in with other stuff, youtube and BFI player are both blank unless you sign up to the Tufty Club. Or find a copy of the DVD - it's cheap enough.

Seems to mix a lot of specific GPO Unit footage with stuff from other sources - variable picture quality often evident - and as usual plugs a lot of GPO activities.

dsl SX

2016-05-03 00:41

Rejects for various reasons - sometimes quality (GPO still have blurring problems with panning shots) or just diddley-squat chance of getting useful IDs. Any requests to promote these to full pages happily considered, or any links I've missed to posted pages.

Henly forecourt with big black blurry something at pumps
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Big thing with caravan
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Slow pan of roadside picnic ....
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.. immediately followed by this

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but looks different car

Thornycroft in WW1
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Long clip of assorted coaches, presumably Victoria
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Country bus with rear door
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Blink-and-miss-it truck
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Lots of cabs. Maybe the first one is a small Ford?? The rest are trucks and in some cases might link with posted entries - however as shown within the film they are separated from obvious matches
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Long sequence (3*??) of bloke nodding off at the wheel while voiceover talks about unregulated driver hours
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.... culminates in fake crash
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... with a bit of scrappie footage XL 5etc plate was mid 1922.

Millions of buses
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Six wheeler
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(GP 9034 is mid-1931)

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dsl SX

2016-05-03 00:46

Other stuff

Lots of assistance phoneboxes (presumably brand new innovation supported by GPO)
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... even St Johns Ambulance had them
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... and finally a traffic light for rjluna
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rjluna2 US

2016-05-03 03:27

dsl wrote Other stuff

Lots of assistance phoneboxes (presumably brand new innovation supported by GPO)
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Looks like one of Doctor's TARDIS :D

dsl wrote ... and finally a traffic light for rjluna

Thanks, dsl :)

My comments at Traffic Lights in Internet Movie Car Database.

johnfromstaffs EN

2016-05-03 08:05

rjluna2 wrote
Looks like one of Doctor's Tardis

You are quite correct, but back to front, the Tardis looks like this because this came first.

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johnfromstaffs EN

2016-05-03 08:40

The six wheeler, I think.
Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"

If I might presume to add some other comments: -

Thanks to dsl for putting this up, fascinating look at life in 1930s.
Virtually all the buses in the Oxford St picture are new types, no sign of an outside staircase, LT kept AEC in business!
For those who don't understand 26/6 (twenty six shillings and six pence), it equates to £1.325, (one pound thirty two and a half pence) apparently a week's rent for a maisonette! In N.W.7!!
Coaches at Victoria all look recently built heavyweight types, but not enough visible to take a punt. Same for the country bus, could be Cub, Bean, Morris, Bedford or Chevrolet.
Feel I should recognise the caravan, but not sure, Eccles? Probably big Morris with the luggage grid following the caravan.

-- Last edit: 2016-05-03 09:18:02

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