• Uploaded on 9 Jun 2009

    This film was shot by my father in Leytonstone in (what is now) East London in 1938. In those days I think it was outside the London County Council and was regarded as being in Essex. The film was 8mm Kodachrome_I and the camera was clockwork Keystone Camera. My father could buy this from a dealer he knew for about the same prices as the same number of minutes of 9.5 black and white, which was the common UK amateur film of the time. It cost about a weeks wages and was sent back to California to be processed. Kodachrome had only been on sale for a couple of years when he shot this. It was regarded for years as the only known film of London Trams in motion in colour taken at the time they were running. Since them I think some more colour films may have come to light. Note there are several shots of the War Memorial which would have been deeply emotive sight in the period after the 1914-18 War.

    Channel MrSRedburn


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