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    Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown


    Very nice footage of people on their way to work. Date unknown but probably early 1930s. Very nice material and lots of it (c 11 minutes). Title states is early morning - probably between 8am and 9am - has that rush hour feeling! Unedited material - not a cut story.

    People on their way to work emerge from an underground subway. They rush along as buses pass them and a policeman conducts traffic. Commuters walking across one of the central London bridges (Ron thinks it is the old London Bridge - the one that was sent to the States). Some of the people look at the camera. Pavement on the bridge is absolutely crammed with people - rush hour 1930s style. Some of the shots are a little over cranked - movement is too fast. Camera tilts down to show a couple of men in flat caps having a cup of tea underneath the bridge. More shots of traffic and seething pavement of people. Looks like some kind of street market is setting up beside the end of the bridge. There are a few horse drawn vehicles using the bridge but mostly trolley buses and taxis. Shot from a higher angle of the bridge. Camera pans across and down to show streams of commuters.

    High angle shot of commuters - they fill the screen as they wait to cross a road then move across it dodging traffic. A man stands in the corner of the shot selling flowers - a rather pathetic figure. A policeman directs traffic.

    Workers leaving a London station - possibly Old Street station?

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    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:43:00 / 01:29:30:00
    UN 123 A
    Sort Number:
    UN 0123 A
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    Lifestyle & Culture
    London at work (London) traffic Freshfields - History Doc freshfields - order Alice New Clips LoF: The Suburbs London Streets 1930's 1 WK LE SERMENT Tag: "underground" Traffic Scenes TRANSPORT COMMUTE commuters VBP Commuting reversioned VPB total Projections Oidhche Sheanchais
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