• Short Summary

    Shopping and feeding Scotland's largest family, the Simpsons.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Quiverful".

    East Kilbride, Scotland.

    Scotland's largest family with 21 children. L/S family group in line in their garden headed by Mr. & Mrs. Simpson. Mrs Simpson is holding the youngest member of the family. C/U Baby Anthony in the arms of his mother. Panning shot family: Mr & Mrs Simpson holding baby, Michael, Mary, Margaret Ann, twins Betty and Anne, twins David and Pat, Agnes, John, William, Twins Paul and Augustin, and Peter. 5 of the kids are on holiday.

    Angle shot sign "Family Baker". M/S girl assistants carrying large tray of loaves, they tip the tray into a bag. C/U boy and girl (2 of the Simpsons) carrying out another tray from the bakers containing bread and cakes . C/U sign "Butcher". M/S butchers' shop, two young members of the family come out carrying a long sausage, joint of meat and plucked chicken. Angle shot sign "Greengrocers". C/U assistants from the greengrocers shop loading sack of potatoes into van. C/U Mrs. Simpson in grocers shop. Shop assistant strips shelf of tin cans, shoving them into a basket.

    C/U frying pan on stove with loads of sausages in. C/U father in dining room surrounded by children waiting for their meal. M/S mother serving food to her family seated round the table, pan to some of her younger children sitting around with their father waiting for the next sitting (it takes 3 to service the whole family).

    Note: newspaper article about the family on file.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:18:00 / 01:42:37:00

Comments (1)

  1. Carol Slater says

    I was a five year old kid living opposite the Simpsons over the railway bridge, Parkhall street in 1959. I was a bit wary of the the little boys as they were a bit coorse and I may be wrong about this but my my tin pram was buried in a deep puddle! Agnes was a kindlier big sister.

    It's interesting there is also a current large family in EK that's been in the news recently.

    Clarks shoe provided all of them with a pair of shoes if they could have their feet photographed in a line for a newspaper advert.

    Before our tenement was compulsory purchased and demolished by EK corporation, STV came to film an old waterpump at the side of the house on the railbridge side, I've no idea why but I would love to know.

    Carol S

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