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Romance of Engineering, A

Synopsis
A collection of promotional films made by Stanley L Russell for Scottish engineering companies. The compilation comprises:MEN OF IRON (c. 1947, b/w) - An overview of iron propellor manufacture at the Blair Foundry of Andrew Strang & Co, Hurlford in Ayrshire; A ROMANCE OF ENGINEERING (1938, b/w) - Made for screening at the 1938 Empire Exhibition, this film shows the production of steel components at William Beardmore & Co’s Parkhead Forge; JAMES WATT (1959, b/w) - A film about the life and work of the inventor of steam engines, James Watt; STORY OF A STEEL WIRE ROPE (1946, b/w) - An illustration of the manufacture of Martin Black & Company’s wire ropes, highlighting all the various processes involved in production and testing.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2009
Subjects
Engineering
Keywords
archive films; history of technology; industrial archaeology; manufacturing industries; Watt, James; engineering industry; promotional films

Credits

Director
Stanley Russell
Contributor
Jack House; James McKechnie; Lionel Gamlin

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
97 minutes
Year
2012

Sections

Title
Men of Iron
Synopsis
(c. 1947, b/w) - An overview of iron propellor manufacture at the Blair Foundry of Andrew Strang & Co, Hurlford in Ayrshire. Strangs was a name to be conjured with, a firm with very distinctive products, and its success was dependent upon the skill of an experienced and committed workforce.

Title
Romance of Engineering, A
Synopsis
(1938, b/w) - Made for screening at the 1938 Empire Exhibition, this film shows the production of steel components at William Beardmore & Co’s Parkhead Forge. Production of many items including turbine and diesel engine parts, and railway axles is shown.

Title
James Watt
Synopsis
JAMES WATT (1959, b/w) - A film about the life and work of the inventor of steam engines, James Watt.It explains the history of the early principles of steam

Title
Story of a Steel Wire
Synopsis
STORY OF A STEEL WIRE ROPE (1946, b/w) - An illustration of the manufacture of Martin Black & Company’s wire ropes, highlighting all the various processes involved in production and testing.

Distributor

Name

Panamint Cinema

Email
cinema@panamint.co.uk
Web
http://www.panamint.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01505 834936
Address
Abercorn Schoolhouse
Whitequarries
Broxburn
West Lothian, Scotland
EH52 6PZ

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