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Tell Me If It Hurts, Short Movie, 1934 IMDB

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dsl SX

2016-10-07 00:27

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Taken from How to be Eccentric: The Films of Richard Massingham - a BFI compilation dedicated for the actor with the best rubber face ever seen onscreen
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This is a tedious 19 minute film about a bloke who needs a dentist in a hurry, so has a frantic taxi ride through London in a blurred 2 minute segment which provides all the captures.

Advertising motif on a beaky bus repeated several times during the ride on a beaky bus
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.... never tells you what they recommend - probably a very expensive health plan. Probably not Guinnness
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so I'll recommend it instead.

nzcarnerd NZ

2016-10-07 02:30

Looks as if some research needs to be done on 1920s London buses.

johnfromStaffs EN

2016-10-07 08:52

nzcarnerd wrote Looks as if some research needs to be done on 1920s London buses.


None is needed, really. it's all been done to death.

The reasoning behind the buses with the set back top decks is due to the need to keep weight on the front axle within limits, both to make life easier for the driver, who had to contend with hugely heavy steering in any case, and to meet the regulations imposed by the Metropolitan Police, who interfered in bus design in the Smoke for years after they needed to. Development of steering gear and later, powered steering helped to get rid of the problem of heavy steering, and was necessary to meet the greater speed capability of modern buses. The "beaks" kept some of the weather off the driver.

The dead hand of the Met. Carriage Office held back the design of both buses and cabs, and until the adoption of the AEC (Associated Equipment Company, the clue's in the name) Regent chassis in its many forms, a person could ride on a far more modern bus in practically any other city in the UK. The greater proportion of all buses in use by the General would have been built by AEC in Walthamstow, later Southall, irrespective of the script on the radiator. When LT was formed, out of many different companies, the first thing they did was to weed out all the "non-standard" buses as quickly as possible, thus arriving at a substantially AEC fleet, painted red or green as appropriate for Central or London Country. Second source for new buses became Leyland. Before anyone hits the keyboards in protest, this is necessarily a very short précis of what happened, acres of trees have died providing the paper to discuss this subject.

Q-type anyone?

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nzcarnerd NZ

2016-10-07 09:20

John, I will take your word for it as I have not studied the subject. I think what matters is that all of the London buses of this era are named correctly. As you say even though some have General(?) on the badge they are actually AECs and it seems from having a quick look at the AEC pager that is what has happened. I visited the London Bus Museum at Brooklands in early 2014 and they had a couple of 1920s buses that I remember; a Dennis and a Leyland. Things have certainly changed from those to what we drive nowadays, with power everything and air suspension and particularly, ultra low floor designs. There is no way wheelchairs and prams would be carried on the old stuff.

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johnfromStaffs EN

2016-10-07 09:38

As far as the 20s went, the London General Omnibus Company was the leading operator of London's buses and built all its "in house" vehicles through its wholly owned subsidiary AEC. The non AEC buses in the collection would probably be from independent companies that were absorbed into London Transport on its formation in 1933.

This picture ( Link to "en.wikipedia.org" ) shows the radiator of an AEC RT displaying the badge of London Transport, just like the General putting its logo on the radiators of the earlier buses. There is a glitch at one point caused by AEC getting into bed with Daimler (funnily enough not a major supplier to LT at the time) and selling buses under the "Associated Daimler" badge.

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