Title ID 5418Collection ID766
Title[Toddler and Family; Garden Scenes; Beach Holiday]
Date[1934; 1935?]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeFamily Life Seaside
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Bicycles Boats Beachwear Cars Children Domestic Gardens Family Games Holidays Houses Leisure Time Activities Men Seaside Resorts Visits Women Zoological Gardens Hats Social Class
LocalGerrards Cross
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionReed Family
CameraReed Family
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This family film features Stella and her family at home and on an outing to a seaside. The family also visit their holiday home and a small playground and zoo.


This film opens with views of a toddler sitting on a nurse or nanny's lap, and seen later playing in woodland. The family have a picnic and play a game of cricket in a rural garden next to a house, where a young boy is determined to hit a ball as the family play Cricket, taking repeated swings at it. The family and their staff are seen mixing together as a nurse pushes a young boy in a toy ride-on car around the garden, and two boys play with the ride-on-toy-car, one sticking his tongue out as he passes the camera, watched by Stella and another girl dressed in dungarees in the background.

The family gather together on an outing to a park where two children feed a parrot, play in a playground, visit a boating lake and a miniature zoo (?). At the zoo, the group visit the elephant enclosure and a young girl takes a pony ride, led by a young boy in a military-style flat hat.

The next section opens with a wide shot of Austin Reed's home, as a car emerges from a driveway (XY6213? - early London registration) with the children waiving to the camera from the car.

The family take a holiday to a seaside, where they sunbathe outside a house in a boat (on land) in the front garden, as the children play with their toys. The family go for a walk and a swim on the shoreline dressed in beachwear and summer attire swim. The film ends with portrait shots of a toddler sitting at the waters edge.


A still from [Toddler and Family; Garden Scenes; Beach Holiday] (1934-1935)