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Product no.: 1555

These films all  were selected at one meeting of a  vintade tractor club


0415 The Mighty Atom   The Austin Seven was a successful pre war car but many of the power units were shoehorned into unlikely applications including trials cars,  a motor cycle, hydro gliding,  railway locomotives including the   South Denes  Miniature railway at Yarmouth.  The commentary and clothing suggests the film was made in the mid 1930. . This may well be available commercially from other sources.


0010 Changing Harvest  With World war 2 over the oil companies were encouraging farmers world wide to mechanise. After starting with a look at grape harvesting most of this short film concentrates on Broadchalke in Wiltshire where the farm is well mechanised.  Equipment shown includes in Fordson Major E 27N with binder,  1947 a Ferguson and unknown pick up baler, plus a Minneapolis Moline baler, a Series 1 Land Rover, combines, and  E27N crawler on sheaf cart.   5 Massey combines mainly 21s  in one field may not even be in Britain. . This falls into the period where makeshift arrangements were made to deal with the torrent of harvested grain. This brief 10 minute black and white film neatly sums up a period  when most farmers were still wondering whether to stick with a binder or try an unproven combine. Around the world there was still plenty of hand work to be mechanised. The film ends with typical British Harvest Festival Service.  Copies of this film have been seen with different oil company logos.


1071 M5 goes by rail Laing s has  a rail link between Aberthaw power station  and the construction site at St Georges  where it was used to build the M5 Motorway  At its prime they were shifting  6000 tones pear day of Pulverised Fly Ash.  A variety of transport was used  depending where it was required.  Plenty of plant shown. 


1556 Allis Chalmers v Caterpillar. Not surprisingly as Allis Chalmers sponsored the film and set the test  criteria  the AC equipment came out best. There wheeled loaders had larger buckets  so were able to move more in that particular exercise.  It  does show that there can be more than one machine for a particular job.


0101 Speed the Scrap Wartime demands had left Britain's Blast Furnaces well overdue for reconstruction.. Scrap was vital to keep  open hearth types supplied 

The only way to keep throughput up was by recycling as much scrap as possible. Anything from tin cans to trams were welcome.  Some very interesting old items shown being scrapped  including the London tram graveyard. Rather confusingly the film implies  that an American built  Caterpillar D2,   a modern milking parlour, or an AEC 8 wheeler tanker, could emerge from the scrap.

Views of various scrap yards and of the Open Hearth furnaces melting down this scrap. When cast into ingots  they can be rolled to produce different profiles.  Various manufacturing processes from shipbuilding to razor blades or umbrellas.  Interesting view of bottling milk at Express Dairies and canning carrots. Old gasholder is shown being cut for scrap and a new one being rebuilt.  Sources include farm scrap piles bringing a  brief sighting of a Majorloader  brief shots of the assembly of Fordson E27Ns .  Industrial steam loco hauling out hot slag.  Hot riveting .

         Of great interest to anybody involved in recycling today Includes a very stilted view out of a signal box as the “Scrap Special” passes by.  Black and White  19 minutes.


Had it not been for the demand for scrap many more old machines would have survived into preservation . The surviving machine would not have been so rare and collectable


1556 Set it and Forget it. The Grade master was based on Sperry equipment which automated the blade position and angle  for control  of the blade which tended to eliminate many of the errors  cased by  rough ground . The equipment could be fitted to other equipment but this film concentrates  on motor graders. An interesting innovation.


Product no.: 1547

0068 Beet Sugar    Made at a time when sugar was rationed. A silent Black and White Film  which was made in the 1948 . Very little mechanisation. Lifting is all by hand.  Tops are fed.  Beet are washed out of the lorry.  Much of the processing is by line diagram.  Sugar was put up in 2cwt sacks and 1cwt paper sacks. Finishes at the table as a child chews a piece of cake. 



 0013 Farming in Winter and Spring. Made in 1965  it purported to show the routine of a Suffolk farm in the early part of the year. Includes carting sugar beet , feeding stock,  feeding pigs include children using pony and cart for feeding  the farmer was mainly Fyson  so not surprisingly there was plenty of fertiliser applied .


1369 Double Ringer  Ringer comes from throwing horseshoes  and leads into  a discussion on how a milking parlour. A progressive American farmer who has expanded to 20 cows. The demonstrating parlour is only a 2 standing with pit. The sponsor is unexpected   as International was only a short lived  brand of milking equipment  in Britain.


1370 Milky Way Out      Showed how Southern Farmers  could add milk to their farming system  and increase income. Still hand milking  so it was fairly primitive. Typically replacing or supplementing cotton..   Only the cream is collected which leaves skim as feed  although other dairies do cheese.  I should think the film  was aimed at advisers  rather than actual  farmers.


Product no.: 1537

1537 Probably one of the first  films ever made to sell a machine.  It was originally shot on 35mm film. Despite the novelty of what it featured  the only lasting effect was that the whole design was sold to an American  company who put more effort into it.  The film demonstrates to machines one was internal conbustion and the other was Steam powered.  The steam version fininhed up in Youkon as the only sale effected.   In turn they  inspird  the first landships which became better know as tanks.  After the first World War the American licensees became known as  Caterpillar.  Even after so many years they were certainly impressive machines.


Product no.: 1541

   The Oliver plough comes with replaceable radix share.

Lighter in draft. Variety of sizes also has an eletro hydraulic   option for lifting. Ploughs are mainly trailed.  Disc ploughs provide the alternatives for rough condition




Product no.: 1538

 This batch of films came as one lot.  The last time the outers were postmarked was in the early 50s . Since then they were loaned out to make a more professional video  which is still available  but this version was taken when they were first  unpacked after  nearly 40 years.  I was amazed how well they had stored after some 40 years  of disuse. 

  Oliver tractors was formed from the merger of Hart Parr, Nichols and Shepherd , and the Cletrac  company.  They decided against setting up in the sterling area like some of their rivals so by the 1950s they had withdrawn from the British market to concentrate  on their Home Market.  It would probably be fair to say that over the next few years they lost their way a bit.  Yet at the time of these films they were probably in some respects ahead of the competition. For example their digger loader combination was at that time ahead of anything on the British Market.    The individul fils are descirbeed in susequet entries  but this nuber gets you the all the present films. 


Product no.: 0055

     This rather crackly and green tinted film  was aimed at new tractor drivers soon after the War. Although the tractor shown was a Farmall it would apply to most make of Kerosene tractor. In the course of this film most of the lubrication sites are covered.

    The tone of the film was very much of a sergeant laying down the procedure,  despite that it is very useful film  to have seen. It covers most of the operations that should be the responsibility of the driver  but not repair or replacement of worn parts.

    Most tractor enthusiast will know some of the maintaince  procedures  but will probably have overlooked or not know of others. These are the problems that later come back to bite you. 


Product no.: 006
Product no.: 007

A field or demonstration in 1948

Product no.: 0011
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