• Short Summary

    Mary Ford loads scrap metal onto her truck in Ipswich, Suffolk.

  • Description

    Ipswich, Suffolk.

    M/Ss of Mary Ford coming out of her house in Milton Street with her children Michael, age 7, and Rosemary, aged 11. She kisses Rosemary goodbye and the children walk off. Mary watches them go up the street, then gets into a truck outside the house and drives off as commentator says "In between looking after them and the housework she also does a man-size job; for Mrs Ford of Ipswich is probably Britain's only woman scrap dealer!".

    M/Ss and C/Us of Mary driving along, then arriving at a scrap yard, where she throws various bits of scrap metal onto the back of the truck with great gusto (I think this section has been speeded up slightly to make it look more effective). C/Us as Mary throws some metal on the ground to break it up and picks up an old wheel and a circular metal grid and tosses that onto the truck, then puts the boards up.

    Commentator says "Even in these days of female emancipation one doesn't easily visualise the so-called weaker sex doing jobs like this. In fact, such is the instinctive suspicion in certain quarters that there have already been complaints that Mrs Ford, wielding a 14lbs sledge hammer, is taking work away from men! The fact that some men would run a mile from work like this seems to escape them!"

    Could be used to illustrate feminism / sexism.

    Note: there are interesting notes on file from the cameraman, telling us Mary Ford is of Romany descent; plus a small news article.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:58:00 / 01:39:23:00
    CP 314

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