I can't tell you how excited I am about this! Recently my mum remembered out of the blue that there was an old cine film of my family from ye olde days... she got in touch with her Auntie Joan, who sure enough had the film, already transferred onto DVD. Turns out there is footage from 1933 and 1949! Why wasn't I informed earlier?!??
I've edited it down into little nuggets that I thought you'd be interested to see. The fashion is, of course, amazing, plus it's really moving to see my ancestors on moving image. The film was recorded by cousins of my Nana, who died ten years ago.
This is the family garden in Cardiff. The baby is Auntie Joan. The little girls taking it in turns to sit on the bench are Nana's cousins Rita, Thelma, Sheila, and then the tall girl is Nana - Eileen. Don't you love her dress? She would have been about 14 in the film - she looks so elegant for a 14 year old!
This is a Cardiff street scene - look out for the policemen and the man in the top hat - followed by some kind of military parade with what looks like the lord mayor in attendance. Ten points if you can work out what event it might be!
Possibly my favourite of the bunch, this is Porthcawl beach (on the South coast of Wales). Look out for my great-great-Auntie Esther knitting on the beach! By the end of the clip the film is really faded. As much as I'm saddened by film deteriorating, I find the aesthetics of decay hauntingly beautiful too.
More clips to come in future posts if you're interested...