These films are dot-dated and range from 1931-1934, according to the labelling on the cans and boxes. Although stored for many years within the reels and boxes, there are several noted brakes in the film which have either been spliced correctly, or mended unprofessionally awaiting proper bonding.
On the Factory reels, the presentation involves a tour-guide style around the everyday life of the production of Mills products. The captions are sometimes light homour based, refering to the Chairman as Ralph and another director, Art, by their first names.
The first reel charting the factory starts with Ralph Mills' office, meeting two of his directors, Bill and Fred (as typed in the caption) and a writer for the Coin-Slot Journal, before the camera turns to leave the office and explore the workshops. In all factory films, before moving to another workroom, a caption appears describing the action about to be shown, then the camera pans around, with some staff looking towards the lens and on one particular one-armed bandit production shot, a worker gestures towards a half-finished machine -(see front cover illustration). Further on, the caption explains that this is the new Mills factory.
There is also footage of an outing with some of Mill's clients, including The Sampson Novelty Company, which includes some of the biggest names in the distribution gaming society.
Box markings and additions:
Reel 1, on box Mills - Factory, broken film, at Uncle George's. M.G.in Shoe Lane. Snowballing. Visit to Holloway Novelty Co. Mr. Tolley's wedding -trapeze artist
Reel 1, on spool Factory
Reel 2, on can lid Sampson Novelty Co. Good Street scene
Reel 3, on can lid Factory Mills. The Mediterranean, 1934
Reel 3, on spool Father catching saltfish, good full and complete
Reel 4, on spool Egypt
Reel 5, on can lid Ramsgate
Reel 5, on box Seaside holiday Joe, Harry & Peggy in M.G.) Hendon air pageant. St. Alban's garden party. Horace's wedding.
Reel 6, plain can containing two un-spooled Mills factory films
Reel 7, on spool For Repair
Reel 8, box base blank, spool with inconsistant markings
Reel 9, on box Children's sports (two occasions), Beeson holiday, Deal holiday, Charlie & Harry in M.G. - Friday Pennies - poor children's outing
Reel 9, on can lid Mills Factory
Reel 10, on box Staff outings 1931 & 1933 (I. of Wight)
Reel 11, on box John's first U.S.A. tour. Welsh holiday. St. Alban's fete. Violano
Reel 11, on can lid Outing Staff
Reel 11, on film starting feed John's first U.S.A. tour. Welsh holiday. St. Albans
Reel 12, blank spool (film with water and abrassion problems)
Reel 13, blank spool, with a small loose wrap of film strip
This film is to be sold without copyright.
(Due to the fragile nature of this 16mm media, the viewing of this lot through a projector is not possible. A film-viewer will be available during the preview)