• Short Summary

    Strange things including tiny elephants inside a bean and a part of Cambridgeshire in London.

  • Description

    Titles read: "Would you believe it? Queer things the world over No. 8."

    Various locations of events.

    Extreme C/U of a bean that has been hollowed out by a Ceylon craftsman. Inside are six tiny elephants, carved from ivory. A pin is held beside them to show the size.

    We then see a black and white cat sitting on the side of a sink and drinking water from the tap. Commentator says the cat will not take anything to drink but water.

    In London we see various shots of Ely Place in Holborn. Bizarrely, this area comes under the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical commissioners of Ely, so is technically in Cambridgeshire! We see the 'Beedle' - a man who looks after the spot by day. Shots of a pub called 'The Mitre' down an alleyway - it looks like it belongs to a different age. Commentator says a watchman patrols the area at night and calls out the time and weather report.

    Archive footage shows women playing tennis in 1900. We then see various shots from the same era of a man riding a water cycle along a river as a small crowd of people watch. The cycle is mounted on two floats. Another man has a go and wobbles the cycle from side to side "to give the folks on the bank a thrill"!

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:00:00 / 01:36:27:00
    PSP 835

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