Book bargain

United Kingdom, 1936

Film
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Set inside a printing factory in the mid 1930’s, this film documents the production of the London telephone directory. Commencing with the preparation of blank rolls of paper, the film progresses through each stage of the production until the directory is ready for delivery. Captures the working conditions and technology of a printing factory in Great Britain in the mid 30’s. Made by Norman McLaren while he was working for Britain’s General Post Office in the 1930s, this film is a novel attempt to inject some interest into what may be considered a dull subject.

Credits

production company

GPO Film Unit

Duration

00:08:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1936

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

016257

Language

English

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Mass production

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Printing industry

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Printing

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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