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  • Short Summary

    Harvesting belladonna plants in Dorking, normally exported from Germany.

  • Description

    Dorking, Surrey.

    Belladonna plants harvested in England for first time to replace imported drugs from Germany. Workers on a steep hillside gathering the plants. Pan as one man carries a bundle of it to add to a pile. C/U of worker standing in the midst of a bunch of growing belladonna cutting the plants. Extreme C/U of worker holding up a plant, pointing at the black berries.

    Agriculture, medicine, pharmacology, World War One, home front, war work.

    Note: Belladonna has medicinal value as muscle relaxant as well as use as a poison or a hallucinogenic drug. It is the leaves and roots of the plant from which the drug is extracted not the berries.

    Modified WPA record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1854.52
    Media URN:
    71549
    Group:
    Old negatives
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1916
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:58:30:00 / 01:59:05:00
    Canister:
    ON 021 J aka G 392

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