The Wee Blue Blossom

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Details

Location

Various

Year

1933

Source

National Film and Television Archive

Format

film

black and white

Length

05min 37sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

Irish Linen Guild

Rights Holder

Irish Linen Guild

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

The story of the Irish linen industry from the harvesting, processing, spinning and weaving of the flax to the distribution overseas of the resulting linen. Many people will remember this film from when it was shown before the main feature at the cinema.

Shot List

Pan across hillside at the edge of the sea. 00:26 Small town by shore of sea. 00:31 Three children and goat by a stone wall. Farmer and two dogs on road. 00:44 General view countryside. 00:47 Silhouette of man in field. Pulling and tying flax into beats. Beats put into wetting pond, stones placed on top. 02:03 Interior. Combing and grading fibres. 02:29 Exterior cottage. Handspinning. 02:40 Machine spinning and weaving. 03:19 Hand loom. 03:29 Bleaching woven linen in sun. 03:38 Mechanically rolling linen. 03:50 Embroidery. Hand and machine. 04:09 Three women hand stitching. Home industry. 04:18 Interior Irish Linen Guild Research lab. Inspecting and testing fabric. 04:32 Showing ways in which linen is used - clothes, on planes, tables, tea towels, sheets, fabric.

Credits

Produced for The Irish Linen Guild by Publicity Films Ltd; Director - John Anderson; Photography - Walter Blakely.