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  • Short Summary

    People dressed up in fancy dress costumes for fete.

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    Garden fete. Location of events unknown.

    Groups of mostly women in costumes walk toward camera. They are divided into Classes; but seemingly without reason. Some represent different countries; USA in stars & stripes; Japan with parasol & fan; fidgeting with kimono. Class 2 more wacky outfits -- the first a dress with pieces of paper stuck all over it - maybe newspaper cuttings. Then Justice with blindfold and scales; a woman in a night gown with naval emblems; a clown; etc. Class 3 is led off by another woman in Japanese outfit; this one in scandalous shorts !

    Some period costumes; - hoop skirts; a medieval cone-shaped hat. Others maybe stories or fairy tales - a fairy godmother; a woman dressed like Robin Hood; but with spider webs hanging from her sleeves when she spreads her arms. Some fairly ornate fabrics & costumes. Also cross-dressing both ways completely bizarre psychedelic hallucinations. Then some black faced minstrels leading a collection of ethnic exaggerations and acid-trip fantasies.

    A woman in a cart pulled by miniature ponies. Baby bassinet starts off the Children; some led by parents or nurses. Some miniature wounded soldiers - and a tiny nurse; Red Riding Hood; etc. tiny minstrels - learn your racism early ! Contestants stand in row. Shot of some spectators in normal clothes. Fairy Godmother & Gypsy each step up to lady who writes something down - maybe they are winners?

    Fashion; entertainment; oddities; pageants

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:44:00 / 01:45:49:00
    ON 102 A

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