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  • Short Summary

    The processes involved in making tram tickets are shown step by step.

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    "Every year 700 million tickets are devoured (so to speak) by London County Council tram passengers." To make these tickets, large paper rolls are first reduced in size..." M/S of man operating machine which separates the paper into rolls. C/U of the machine in operation. "A little local colour is then introduced..." M/S of the machine which presumably dyes the paper. Another machine is seen in C/U. "Note the dyed lines." C/U of the striped ticket paper running through a machine. C/U of stacked rolls of paper. "And they're printed. (Every ticket must have a different number, so this wonderful machine changes its numbers automatically as it revolves.)" L/S of man working at the printing machine. Various shots of other processes: stamping machine, woman checking strips of tickets as they come off another machine, women sitting at desks sorting the strips into piles etc. "The tickets, (now in strips) are then wired..." C/U of two girls working at a wiring machine. C/U of the machine at work. "...and tied. (Watch the girl's fingers.... they're a lesson in speed.)" C/U of two girls working at a bench tying the strips. C/U of one of the girl's hands as she ties string around the strips of tickets. A foreman with a large moustache and hat comes over to inspect the girl's work. "After which the strips are "guillotined"..." M/S of man at a guillotine. "And finally...." M/S of group of women workers stacking up piles of tickets. The girls walk through the factory carrying piles of tickets.

    Note: Pathe Paris stock so cannot date - looks like early 1920s.

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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:00:00 / 01:49:51:00
    EP 305

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