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Tank 'Julian' in Merthyr
Julian', a battle-scarred tank, is the toast of Merthyr in June 1918. Spot 3 women without hats in the crowd that greets the monster guest.
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent
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Whoever thought of sending battle-scarred tanks to towns in Britain during 1917/1918 to sell National War Bonds was inspired. Merthyr alone raised £1m when 2 tanks – 'Julian' and 'Julian Junior' – visited for 3 days in June 1918. Nothing was safer than the tank bank, the public were told, but the borough's Director of Education refused to permit school closures over the period, fearing squashing incidents if children were roaming free. Viewers will appreciate his caution.
Tank visits were preceded by advertising campaigns in the newspapers to engender a spirit of patriotic competition: which town would give most? The welcome ceremony in Merthyr included a mock battle arranged by Glamorgan Volunteers, speeches by VIPs mounted on the tank (e.g. the Mayor, the 2 local MPs) and the presentation of a cheque to local Victoria Cross holder, Sgt J Collins. The Merthyr Express trumpeted a new dawn: "Whatever odium has during recent years been associated with the name of Merthyr will be sandwiched to death between the glorious future", the 'odium' perhaps a reference to industrial action or that bugbear of war propaganda: pacifism, as espoused by Merthyr Tydfil's late MP Kier Hardie.
1918 on Film
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Biopic 1918 126 mins Silent
Morale-boosting exploits intended to inspire war-weary citizens.
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Comedy 1918 25 mins Silent
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Industry sponsored film 1918 8 mins Silent
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Documentary 1918 24 mins Silent
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War 1918 5 mins Silent
Dramatic footage of Italian and British troops on the front line and airborne.
Fantasy 1918 17 mins Silent
Guests find things that go bump in the night.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
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Advert 1959 12 mins Location: Merthyr Tydfil
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Amateur film 1959 16 mins Silent Location: Crumlin
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Presentation of the Freedom of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil to Arthur Lewis Horner Presentation of the Freedom of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil to Arthur Lewis Horner
Amateur film 1959 13 mins Silent Location: Merthyr Tydfil
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Amateur film 1976 14 mins Silent Location: Merthyr Tydfil
A visual diary recording the events of a civic year which includes the installation of the mayor, a parade and a visit from Prince Charles.
Amateur film 1950 15 mins Silent Location: Merthyr Tydfil
A collection of Installation Ceremonies introducing Merthyr Tydfil's various mayors over a period of years.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 9 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1909 4 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1940 8 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1919 10 mins Silent
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1925 6 mins
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