Musical Boxes 1955

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    Streatham, London.

    Novelty items a go-go in a shop in a South London boutique. Glamorous model looks into the window of a shop which is full of trinkets and gee-gaws. Narrator calls it "a place women dream of and men have nightmares about." Model enters the shop and picks up a tiny music box in the shape of a grand piano. She turns the piano in her hands. She then picks up a fabulous powder compact which is also a music box. C/U of the box being opened.

    The collection was started by a woman called Jennie Tarsch who has travelled all over the world. She has now made a business of selling music boxes and other novelty items. I presume it is Ms Tarsch we see behind the counter. C/U of a revolving candle holder which features figurines of little pixies playing musical instruments.

    C/U of a table lighter with a pink case. The model admires it. C/U of a manicure set which has a little ballerina doing a twirl. Jennie shows her customer an amazing handbag which has a light which can either be used to light up the inside of the bag, or switched over to light up the front door keyhole - nifty. C/U of various novelty pockets and contents of the handbag including a comb and miniature perfume bottle.

    Narrator observes how this shop solves the problem of not being able to afford to go on holiday but being too ashamed to admit it to the neighbours as gifts can be bought from around the world under one roof. Ends with a panning shot of some cute handbags and other fripperies.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1955
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    1966
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    39.02
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:39:00 / 01:05:23:00
    Canister:
    CP 052
    Sort Number:
    CP 052
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