• Short Summary

    Young girls are taught to fence by Professor Tassart Parkins.

  • Description

    Crouch End, London. "If there's one pastime to make you graceful, speedy and accurate, it's fencing." M/S of two young girls being taught fencing. Other girls stand and watch - some in school uniform, others in fencing outfits of black skirts and white jackets. They are taught by a man who speaks with a French (?) accent. L/S of the teacher and one of the girls having a duel. Closer shots of the fencers as they are taught technique. One of the girl takes off her mask and smiles at the camera. "And age is no bar", explained Prof. Tassart Parkins - in fact you can probably "foil" old age by its aid." Another shot of two girls fencing. M/S of several girls fencing framed by a "health wheel" which another girl poses with. Shot in a garden or park.

    There is a handwritten note in the original paperwork which reads: Tassart Parkins Fencing School, 11 George Street, Portman Square, W1. Welbeck 8683.

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    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:15:00 / 01:25:45:00
    PSP 714

Comments (1)

  1. JamesB says

    Here he was 25 and I note the caption says you can foil old age. He taught me in the seventies and went on teaching to the eighties. So the caption was indeed true. All the mannerisms and the voice unchanged over five decades.

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