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Another Broken Record!

The record for the oldest piece of Cine Film we’ve worked on was broken this week – a couple of spools of 16mm film dating from 1926.

Yes, that’s the year our Queen was born (as you’ve no doubt heard!) so that means that this cine film is 90 years old!

Here at Lost in the Loft we never cease to be amazed by the film footage we are presented with. Over the years we have worked with footage dating back to the 1930’s and 40’s, but the 1920’s represents a new milestone for us!

A Cine Lesson from History

The two spools of 16mm film proved to be a real history lesson. One of the highlights was a “Licensed Victuallers” day trip to the Isle of Wight. (You can just imagine them singing “Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside,” written in 1907.)

A group of about 30 publicans pose for the obligatory photo at the start of the trip – all with caps and fags on! Although, by the end of their day, the caps are all at an angle…

The films also included images from the 1926 Epsom Derby, and the launch of a boat that would later play a part in the Dunkirk evacuation. All preserved in stunning clarity, thanks to the quality of the 16mm films, still in their original tins.

If you have any ancient cine films like this in your possession, don’t assume that the images are irretrievable. Bring them to us and we will do our best to bring back memories of past generations for you to treasure.

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