Coventry: The Way We Were
The 20th century saw the way we live change dramatically. The tin bath in front of the fire, dirty old oil lamps, horses and carts and deliveries by the coalman were all consigned to history. It was also the first full century to be covered in detail by the Coventry Evening Telegraph and the first to be captured on film.
This remarkable DVD combines archive film of a host of local events and images of many aspects of local life with the corresponding reports from the Evening Telegraph. It brings the city of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s back to life and is guaranteed to bring memories flooding back for those that lived through them, and intrigue those that didn’t. Among the films included are: fascinating scenes from the early 1900s when cycling was all the rage, cars were rare and life was rather simpler than today. War time scenes including remarkable film of the aftermath of the blitz, the peoples determination to carry on amidst the devastation, and morale boosting visits by George VI and Winston Churchill.
Coventry’s post war resurrection showing the rebuilding of the city centre, the new cathedral and the ring road. Jaguar’s rise to become one of the best known car makers in the world and the subsequent decline of the motor industry. We also see many unique scenes of ordinary Coventry folk going about their daily lives, unaware that they were to become a part of the city’s history.
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