• Short Summary

    A look at various fireproof asbestos goods made in a factory.

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    Location of events unknown.

    Various diagrams showing how asbestos is formed. A woman cuts bits of asbestos from a rock. A map shows the biggest producers are Russia and Canada. Commentator talks about practical uses of asbestos for packing etc. We see a factory where a woman is cutting out the required length. We see various asbestos goods being made, including shield for firefighters, fireproof boots and suit. Women in the factory hold them up. M/S as a coat for a boiler is made. A firefighter wears an asbestos suit, boots and mask. An asbestos snuff is used to put out fire from a bomb. A woman shows off the fireproof asbestos curtains and covers in her home. She demonstrates their resilience by trying to set fire to the tablecloth with a candle.

    Cataloguer's note: this is a very good item which could be used to show attitudes towards asbestos before it was discovered to be dangerous.

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    Film ID:
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    New sound pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:51:00 / 01:40:49:00
    NSP 347

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Not A Mask in site,we were taken around a brake lining factory in Crumpsall Manchester from school the asbestos was hanging off the walls & ceiling the air was thick with it those workers were dicing with death.

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