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  • Short Summary

    Great item showing young people having fun in swimming pool circa 1919. Chiswick, London.

  • Description

    The warm spell - both sexes flock to the Chiswick open air baths where mixed bathing is much enjoyed.

    Greater London.

    Various shots lots of people having fun at the open air baths in Chiswick. MS's people in water; sitting on shoulders of their friends trying to knock each other off - 2 women versus 2 men. They struggle and the woman falls in. Good CU 2 women sat together on side, arms linked; wearing long bathing suits with puffy swim caps. MS people on grass in park playing a unisex game of leapfrog - in unisex swimsuits! Men and women joke around; girl pushes back man's hair; he makes silly faces. He grabs her waist.

    MS as a couple dances together. MS girl & boy back to back with arms linked; try to lift one another on their backs - this goes on a while - woman does better. CU people sitting by side of pool; boy is combing girl's long hair. CU as he lights her cigarette. She smokes it; he smokes pipe.

    CU 2 girls in water; they look up at side of pool; they laugh and swim away. MS pool and little building with benches and tower, there are many young people. CU 2 women. People in pool climb on shoulders.

    Outside pool; short shot; people climbing on each other; then shot of leapfrog again. CU woman standing by pole; smiling. At pool side; 2 boys pick up a woman; swing her and toss her in water. Boy & 2 girls all dive together. MS as more dive. MS splashing in pool. MS girls and boys sitting on shoulders. MS smokers. MS two girls.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1919
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:43:00 / 01:08:41:00
    ON 129 H

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