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Old 21.05.2012, 14:19
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How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

I came across this on Vimeo and found it really interesting. It's a 1945 short film showing how a bicycle (Raleigh) is made. Some many components were made from scratch then. I have a short attention span but I actually managed to watch the full 17 min, more than I can say for my other....urr....umm....online viewings.

http://vimeo.com/39401575
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Re: How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

I think it's actually from 1943 and there are many more of these films on the British Council film archive.


There's some great films showing Britain during WW2, not just the war effort, but also about life in towns and villages as well as this one, about a cargo ship delivering goods from Liverpool through the Med to Malta just before the outbreak of the war.

http://film.britishcouncil.org/cargoes
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Re: How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

Yeah, I've got the British Council archives on Flipboard on my iPad and have been going through some of those. Very interesting.
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Re: How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

Just as an aside. When we moved from London to Zurich in 1967 there was a British Library in Zurich, supported by the British Council. It was on the top floor of the Schauspielhaus and had a tremendous range of books. In about 1972 the Council decided it didn't have any more money and closed. Every time I went to the library during those years I ended up in the pub in the Hotel Carlton, the only real 'British' pub there has ever been in Zurich. Unfortunately this was also 'modernised' in such a way that it was like sitting in a station - so that ended too.
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