• Short Summary

    Item about coal production and economical use of fuel.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Coal and the War".

    Location of events unknown.

    Various shots of pithead buildings and winding gear at a large coal mine. Panning shot group of miners walking toward pit head as they go on shift. Various C/Us of miners working at coal face with small pneumatic drill. Various shots of loaded coal railway wagons being assembled in siding near pit head. Short montage showing coal being moved by men, rail and lifted by cranes.

    Good view of Battersea Power Station. M/S of coal being moved from wagon and loaded onto coal delivery lorry. Various shots of trains pulling freight wagons, some filled with coal and coke. M/S of Charrington's coal lorries leaving coal yard.

    M/S of coalman delivering sack of coal at private house. Various shots of a woman demonstrating the economical way to have a coal fire; she clears the grate, sorts the ashes from the clinker in the garden and then lights the fire using rolled paper as kindling and reuses the salvaged ashes.

    M/S of family eating breakfast in kitchen, a large question mark has been superimposed over it. Narrator suggests: "Why not have breakfast in the kitchen, it's warmer in the mornings than the sitting-room and you don't have to light another fire". M/S of a woman washing her hands under running sink tap. C/U of alarm clock at 9:30 pm, pan to M/S of woman removing unburned coal from still burning fire.

    Montage showing coal is used by war industry: quick shots of steel furnace, line of new tanks, new bomber in flight and battleships at sea.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:47:00 / 01:10:25:00

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