• Short Summary

    A self-service petrol pump, bush babies have fun and an artist who personalises gas mask boxes.

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    Various locations of events.

    At the Solway Firth in Scotland we see a woman using a self-service petrol pump. She attaches a long hose from the pump to her car, then puts a shilling in a slot and turns a handle to fill up her tank. Instructions for the 'Automatic Petrol Instrument' are on a board beside it.

    In South Africa we see a smartly-dressed woman sitting on a settee. She undoes the zip of her handbag and a tiny bush baby peeks out, then leaps onto a lampshade. Another little bush baby appears from the bag and joins the first one on a lighting wire - they are extremely cute! One of them scampers over the woman's shoulders. She manages to hold onto the frisky pair for a short while so we can see them in C/U.

    In London (?) we see artist Stanley Birchett painting designs on gas mask boxes. He is working on one for Adolf Hitler, showing a simple caricature of the Fuhrer beside a Nazi-saluting hand and a nose (so it looks like someone is thumbing their nose at him). The initials HF also appear. Another design with the initial AE (Anthony Eden?) shows a startled cat with bushy tail. Brief shot of men taking their coats and personalised gas mask cases from a coat stand. Birchett is then seen painting flower designs on a window covered with sticky paper (required as an air raid precaution). It looks like the window is covered with the blooms of a creeping vine.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:45:00 / 01:48:53:00
    PT 498

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