• Short Summary

    Tradition marking end of cooper's apprenticeship - he is rolled around workshops in barrel!

  • Description

    Trussing the cooper at Spitalfields, London.

    Interior coopers' workshop. M/S men hammering at barrel. M/S men cleaning barrel as steam rises from it. M/S man picking at iron ring he is holding. M/S barrel being lifted revealing a fire underneath. M/S workers watching.

    High angled shot bunch of high spirited coopers putting man who has finished apprenticeship into barrel. M/S pile of sawdust being emptied into barrel onto apprentice. Coopers stand around barrel hitting at sides. M/S two coopers shouting and laughing. M/S bags of flour being emptied into barrel. M/S man in barrel., his head is being brushed with a wet mop. M/S cooper applauding. M/S barrel being rolled over floor of workshop with cooper inside M/S young girl laughing.

    M/S men helping cooper apprentice out of barrel. They then toss him into the air. M/S man and woman clapping. M/S cooper handing new cooper glass of beer. M/S grimy cooper apprentice drinking his beer and smiling.

    Unlucky apprentice shown is named as Gordon Wright of Bromley, Kent.

    Note: letter from coopers Truman, Hanbury and Buxton Co. and newspaper article on file.

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    New pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:23:00 / 01:19:36:00
    NP 522

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