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Mysterious opening ceremony from the 1960s

This standard 8 vintage home movie from the 1960s shows an opening ceremony which I’ve been unable to identify although the clues to do so are in the film.

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The film is an Ilford Standard 8 which comes in a small plastic push together box.

The film actually has a clue as to the contents because it has written on it some words in faint pencil, but unfortunately I can’t make out what they say, or at least I can’t make out in any sensible way. The bit I can read seems to say, ‘Rest Room’, which is followed by the bit I can’t read.

Opening Ceremony Film

The events in the film are fairly self explanatory. This is obviously a ceremony of some kind and the standard type of ceremony of this sort is when a new building opens. The Plaque on the wall, shown in the second picture below also seems to point to this, but unfortunately I can’t make out the writing due to the poor quality of the conversion to digital.

When I get time I’m going to see if I can get a better image of that frame of the film using a macro lens on my Fuji XT-1 to see if the text can be read. It’s particularly annoying, because I’m pretty sure the date is also written on the plaque (which I think may be 1967) so I could get quite a lot of information from the one image.

There seem to be quite a number of people attending the ceremony – presumably the local people and perhaps people who will be working in the new building if it is a commercial property.

Anyway, whatever the ceremony the film is still interesting from a social history perspective.

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A software developer by profession and an amateur photographer by hobby I've been interested in all things photographic since I was a teenager some 40 years ago. Many of my interests centre around vintage film photography and cinematography.

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