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    No title. A home made sledge-car is demonstrated for the camera. Man sits in a bizarre contraption with slides down a snow covered hill. We see the invention as it moves past the camera. Although it has no wheels, it seems to have some kind of engine at the back. "He takes the motor out of his Lizzie and puts it into his Bob." reads an intertitle. C/U of the driver as the engine coughs and splutters behind him.

    "Down South in Cotton-town, they roll their own." M/S of a young black teenager driving a strange small car past the camera. A horse drawn cart is seen in the background. "He made it himself out of mammy's wash-boiler, pap's bicycle and the baby's rattle - " The boy climbs out of the car and turns the crank handle. C/U of the engine at work. "In Tanktown -- the folk are all steamed up over Cy Hawkin's roadster - -" M/S of a man standing beside an incredible car which looks like a steam train. Cy starts the engine and climbs in. Steam emerges from a funnel on the front. He shakes hands with a bystander then drives off. [inserted here is a section of leader with the following written upon it 1531 Back Home Ro 6 S6 16ft P."] Then there is an intertitle which reads: "Steam makes it go - but there's no guarantee it'll go far!" M/S of the car driving past the camera.

    Note: some of the intertitles have the word "Curiosities" at the top and "The Movie Side-show" at the bottom. This is possibly one of the"Walter Futter's Curiosities" in the Eve Pic collection - American films which it appears Pathe bought then retitled for use in the U.K. It is possibly an extract from the Walter Futter film "Back Home".

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:47:00 / 01:04:05:00
    EP 292
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    EP 292
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    Lifestyle & Culture Science & Technology
    no comment Driving in Fields Driving in Towns and Fields Early Cars
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Comments (4)

  1. jamied says

    This clip currently won't play - we just see the words "Stream not Found".

  2. jamied says

    11 months on and this clip still doesn't play, reporting "Stream not found".

  3. jamied says

    16th February 2014 now, and still no progress with this clip.

  4. British Pathé says

    We'll see what we can do.

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