Girl With Portable Wireless On Leg AKA Wireless… 1921

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    No title. Interior representing a woman's bedroom. Girl sits at a dressing table pulling a garter up her stockinged leg. She is dressed in her underwear and fiddles with the garter. C/U showing her attaching a wire to the garter. M/S of her sitting at the dressing table. She then threads the wire up inside her shirt (saucy!) M/S of the girl, clothed now, looking into a large mirror. She attaches an earpiece to her ear and ties it onto her head with a string. L/S of her putting on her hat. L/S of the woman walking through the room and walking out of the door. Exterior shot. It is Paris and the Eiffel Tower can be seen in the background. The woman picks up a chair and places it on a pathway. She sits down and we see a closer shot of her unbuttoning her coat and arranging the wires of her portable radio. She puts up her umbrella, attaching a wire.

    French intertitle: "La monture de fer de l'ombrelle sert d'antenne aerienne et un fil de cuivre longeant le bas suffit pour toucher la terre." - this explains how the wire in the umbrella acts as an aerial. C/U of the wire being attached. C/U of the woman. She sits with her umbrella up, fiddling with the earpiece. L/S of her sitting under her umbrella. She daintily lifts her skirt a little to show the garter (and a bit more leg of course) and tunes in her radio (or turns it up!). C/U of the garter and radio controls as she twiddles it. L/S of her replacing her skirt. High angle shot (presumably from the Eiffel Tower) looking down showing communication wires (presumably). Extreme C/U of the woman showing the earpiece. Fabulous!

    Note: this device could be seen as the forerunner of the Sony Walkman! Stock mark on shot from Eiffel tower is 1921 although other material could be slightly later.

    Safety print exists.

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    British Pathé
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    Sound:
    sound
    Media URN:
    18538
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    1000.24
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:40:00 / 01:38:30:00
    Canister:
    EP 294
    Sort Number:
    EP 294
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