Film: 8668

Food + Drink | 1940 | Sound | Colour


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Distribution of goods to shops logistics and delivery services 1940's

Bright colours and lovely images of fruit pickers.
Down a street, drives a London red double decker bus, followed by a bicycle, going past pedestrians on the pavement and parked cars. A couple with a child in a pram, pass a greengrocers, which has its wares on stands, both inside and outside the window; a mother passes by, pushing her child alone, as an older woman looks at some fruit in the greengrocers shop.

Belgravia Dairies has a lady walking in, as a man walks by, passing a small boy in nothing but shorts. A fishmonger is busy with three women all looking at his catch, whilst a pram goes past, pushed by a woman with two other children beside her. At the greengrocers, two of the shop workers attend to customers. A woman in a red and black, horizontal striped dress, walks into a butchers shop where meat hangs in the window on hooks. Leaving a pram outside, a couple walk into the bakers, a couple of men walk by. Coming out of a different bakery, two girls, one pushing a pushchair with a sleeping toddler in, pass a woman gazing in the window and a car driving past.

The greengrocer helps a customer. She empties apples from a weighing scale into a girl's basket. One of the fishmongers goes to get some newspaper, as his colleague helps the customers. Ice is poured over a large fish, which lies in a crate. The butcher fetches a joint of meat from the window. Past a window display of eggs, milk, canned meat and mustard, walks a woman. A till is opened having charged a customer, 6D 1/2D. This shop is David Greig and a mothers pushes her child past. A butcher cuts slices of bacon off a joint, using a machine. A shop window of caned food. A mother with a white jacket and flowery dress, looks at a shop window as her daughter, wearing a red jacket, stands beside her. The woman's shopping list, consists of sugar, jam, tea, eggs, fish, potatoes and fruit. They walk into the store.

An L.M.S. Express Parcel Traffic van, stops on the road, ready to deliver goods to shops in the area. A driver gets out, wearing his blue uniform and cap, walks to the back door, past a poster on the side of the van with a cow on.

View of a ship's deck, with wires, ropes and funnels and a crane carrying bags to shore, where the ship has docked. It is lifted from the hold watched by the crew. It is put in carriages of a train by workers on shore. The keys of sugar are piled high.

A cartoon image of a shop with shelves and counters on either side of it; they are stacked with goods that L.M.S. deliver, further round the store are more items.

By a farmhouse, milk cans sit waiting to be collected, by the driver who stops his van nearby. He gets on the back of the van and loads the three cans, adding to his load. In a complex, he drives the van and places his load on a platform. A large vat, has a worker looking in it, he lifts the lid and smells. Attached to a train the vat moves along to the cans waiting in a row. It is just one in a whole procession of vats that are transported via the railway.

Arriving at United Dairies in London, the train slows down, against a backdrop of a red building with smoke billowing out of a chimney. Standing on a ladder, one worker uses a ladle to test the milk in a vat. The factory production line has milk bottles moving round a conveyor belt and then being put in milk crates by factory workers. Each crate has around twenty milk bottles in, with silver tops. On a tall trolley, the crates are loaded onto a van by a worker. Large trucks also take the milk to various destinations; this one passes people on the pavement.

From the hold of a ship, eggs in boxes are lifted up. They come from Ireland and are treated with great care. Like the sugar bags, they are hauled onto shore and put on trains.

The mother and child come out of Belgravia Dairies. The mother bends down to show her daughter the shopping list. They still need to buy, fish, potatoes and fruit, other items on the list have been crossed out.

A man guts a fish. Two men stand opposite one another as they remove parts of the fish. As seagulls land, a port with ships in, is quiet and serene. On an electric cart, three men move along the dock with their load. Packed fish is put in wagons and distributed. A steam train goes up a track. It arrives at its destination. A wagon moves along the tacks, turns sideways and finally backwards, watched by two workers. It is lowered on a platform. The crates are unloaded by two men. They stack them, five in a pile. This is Fleetwood Fish. With a crate balanced on his head, a man walks past a horse and cart. With the fishmongers all standing, the crate is opened. One man looks at the fish. They look fresh and slippery.

The mother looks at her list, fish is crossed off and she points to potatoes. On a greengrocers stand, potatoes are stacked up. Close up of potatoes, still covered in soil.

With potatoes lying on the ground in rows, the men and boys collect the potatoes. When there are enough in the box, these two men, empty them into a sack. Loaded onto lorries, they are taken away. The wagons are not as deep as previous ones. As it goes under a bridge, the wagons are shown to be full.

Up ladders, in an orchard, pickers collect fruit in baskets over their shoulders. A woman picks plums. Crates are stacked, ready to be delivered. From a ship, pockets in a conveyor belt have bananas in. It rotates. On a moving belt inside, workers collect the bananas for distribution. Wagons specially heated are prepared for them to keep them safe.

On a horse and cart, a high stack of boxes sways as the cart moves. Men unload boxes of fruit and vegetables. The trucks and vans distribute these wares to greengrocers in the area.

Cartoon of a shop, with fruit and vegetables displayed; it moves along to the butchers where meat hangs on hooks.

Out of a ship comes meat, in netting. It is loaded on trucks, having come from New Zealand and Canada. Past a steam liner, drives a truck. A man in a pinstriped suit looks up from his notepad. It is loaded onto refrigerated lorry. The doors are closed. As they steer the train, the two drivers look out of the front of the train.

By Board Street Station, a horse and cart trots past. The wagons get nearer the station, passing the Victorian buildings behind. A wagon is lifted by a crane and placed on a platform. Loaded onto trucks, the meat is taken out to the butchers shop. A butcher's window with red meat joints hanging and lying ready to be bought. Collins and Shrimpton has a full shop window.

Leaving her child in the pram outside, a mother walks into a bakery, where the window is full of loaves and cakes.

Wheat moves gently in the breeze. The field is large and full of the wheat. A combine harvester cuts the wheat, driven by the farmer. Men make piles of the wheat so it is easier to collect. On the bank of the machine, one man ensures that the machine works properly. The men continue making piles. They work as a team, its quicker.

A grain holder sits by the factory. A conveyor belt moves along with wide lines of grain. Men stand near shoots and collect the flour. The sacks are placed on a spiral shoot. The flour bags go down it. They reach workers, who carry them. They have them on their shoulders and put them in piles. Off loaded from the lorries, the baker takes them to the shop.

Out come the mother and daughter. They look at the list and put it away as they have been able to find everything; as they walk away, they pass an elderly lady and a nun.

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