Jigsaw Factory

Jigsaw Factory

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Details

Location

Portrush

Year

1962

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

black and white

Length

02min 08sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, ITV, UTV

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Take a tour of Portrush's puzzle factory and get a glimpse of the coastal town's architectural icons.

A puzzle draws you into its world and makes you forget about the daily problems and your mundane routine. The film shows the skill with which the factory workers of Portrush manufacture the jigsaw pieces which eventually end up in many homes. Printing, cutting, packaging - every step of the production process requiring concentration, attention to detail and firm hands. As we can see, this factory employed the ‘stack cutting technique’ to speed up the manufacturing process.

 

Notes

The footage also features the Arcadia Cafe, built in the 1920s by local businessman, RA Chalmers. Originally designed as a café, it opened its ballroom in 1953, becoming a successful entertainment venue. Regularly visited by musicians such as The Dave Glover Band, The Arcadia also hosted The Stranglers, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Ian Dury and The Blockheads. Although the building almost got demolished, Portrush residents rallied round this iconic landmark, achieving its restoration in the early 2000s. These news rushes are courtesy of the UTV Archive.

Credits

From the UTV Archive

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

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