Cat no. 7980

Aerial Pictures of Selo Photographic Film Factory

Running time7:49 Black & White Silent 1932 Brentwood, Essex

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Aerial footage of the SELO film factory and the nearby town of Brentwood and surrounding areas.



Two crew members, in 1930s style flying gear, climb into a biplane, registered to 'Hillman's Airways' as G-ABCW, which subsequently takes off from an airfield (Avian and Robinson Redwing). There are various aerial shots of the SELO factory and the surrounding landscape, including a panoramic long shot of the complex and a directly overhead shot. The word 'SELO' can be read from the ground below.

The camera then focuses on train tracks, and then back on a more distant shot of the factory. Next up is a major road with a roundabout, and sparse traffic, before we move onto large suburban homes with big gardens, then smaller, more crowded homes in street grids. There is also what looks like a sports stadium at the top left of the screen.

The plane flies over fields before there is a close up shot of another biplane, registration number G-ABMV. Finally the plane lands and the camera films the crew disembarking and chatting to each other.

Background Information:

Hillman's Airways was a 1930s British airline that later became part of British Airways.

The company was formed in November 1931 as Hillman's Saloon Coaches and Airways Limited by Edward Henry Hillman who was a coach operator in Essex. His previous business had been sold to London Transport following a change in government rules on the expansion of bus routes. The airline's first service was a charter flight on 25 December 1931. It started a scheduled service on 1 April 1932 between Romford and Clacton using a de Havilland Puss Moth and a de Havilland Fox Moth; with a fare of £1 return it was operated every three hours due to the popularity. A de Havilland Dragon was bought to operate an international service between Romford and Paris Le Bourget.

From 1 December 1934 the airline was given a contract to fly air mail between London, Liverpool, Glasgow and Belfast formerly operated by the Railway Air Services. Following the award of the contract Hillman changed the legal name from Hillman's Airways Limited to Edward Henry Hillman Limited and the airline extended its services to continental Europe, including Ostend and Brussels. On 1 June 1934 the airline moved its operating base to Stapleford Aerodrome.

Just before Hillman died, on 31 December 1934, aged 45, the company became a public company, although within a year it had been merged with two other airlines to form British Airways. [Wikipedia]

Featured Organisations:

Hillman's Airways

Featured Buildings:

SELO Photographic Film Factory

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