Historic events during the reign of five British Monarchs.
Material assembled for an uncompleted documentary probably put together in the late 1940s. Sound is intermittent throughout. There is no complete shot listing - please let Pathe know if you spot something we have missed.
This reel covers events in the 1920s.
Sir Malcolm Campbell on Daytona Beach. Charles Lindbergh returns from epic flight. The eclipse of 1925 (?), Earl Haigh's funeral. Royal Ascot. Italian dirigible flies over snowy scene. Arctic expedition - unidentified ship - could be the Shackleton expedition? Aircraft attempts to drop supplies to camp stranded on ice floes. Geneva treaty signing. American fleet. Vesuvius erupting, hot lava descending, people leaving homes, building collapsing. Herbert Hoover being installed in office. Marshal Foch's funeral. Crowds wait for news of George V's illness. He leaves for his Norfolk home to convalesce. Wembley thanksgiving ceremony for King's recovery.
Bishop blesses new dam in Shannon, Ireland. Sonja / Sonia Henie ice skating. Various shots of flying boat aircraft. Sequence of shots showing early attempts to fly with bizarre aircraft. Prince Umberto visits the grave of the unknown warrior. The arrest of the man who attempted to assassinate him.