Mr C E Palmer shows us how he makes cement teddy bears to add to his collection - most peculiar!
M/S of 77-year old Mr C E Palmer in his garden, shovelling cement from a wheelbarrow onto a mould set up on a wide bench; further along the bench are five cement teddy bears. C/Us of him pressing the cement into the mould and patting it into the bear shape; Mr Palmer looks quite smart in a brown felt hat and green apron. He takes two bear eyes from a glass and puts them in place on the bear's head.
Mr Palmer moves to the right of his work area and picks up a hardened concrete teddy bear that he'd prepared earlier, shaking off any loose dirt. He takes this bear to an old tin bath, where it is given a brush over with a cream coloured wash.
He then takes it to join many other cement bears he has made that are displayed in a rockery in his gardens. Most are just in sitting positions, but some are standing, some are dancing, and a few others are reading from books. C/Us of some of the bears (Mr Palmer has made sixty in total); one seems to be saluting or scratching his head, another wears a mortar board and holds a small cane. This is apparently a school for teddy bears; the final L/S of the group has a cement sign before it reading 'Teddy Bears School Days'.
What a bizarre (and mildly disturbing) film - this is one of the best quietly quirky Colour Pics! The bears look quite comical; no wonder Mr P refused to sell them to anyone!
Note: on file is a small news cutting about retired railwayman Mr Palmer and his bears, plus correspondence between Pathe and Mr P, who describes Pathe cameraman Stan Goozee as very helpful and a gentleman.
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