Taking a Cruise in the Late 1950s

I can’t resist posting this little travel film from 1959 partly because it’s a world away from today and partly because my parents, Benedicta Leigh and Richard Vernon, are playing the mother and father. As someone notes disparagingly on YouTube, it features only first class travel! Typical of the time. The daughter is played by Suzan Farmer although I don’t know the name of the actor playing the son.  My brother and I were too young, alas, to play the children but I still have the mug our parents bought in Portugal!

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Sarah Vernon © March 2017

British Pathé

Did you know that British Pathé has 85,000 Historical Films on YouTube

Here are three examples to whet your appetite. Be careful — if you’re a history junkie, you will find yourself spending hours, even days or weeks, exploring the archive!

Turn of the Century

Pathé’s Animated Gazette

The Hindenburg Disaster 1938