IWM Film website upgrade: self-selection and authorised download of HD clips. More info
By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Summary: Short film produced to test the observation skills of the viewer, featuring a sequential study of a man posting a letter at the post office.
Description: The film opens with the following question (text on screen) “Are you observant? Ordinary daily incidents do not always leave a lasting impression on the mind”.
A Morris model 12 car approaches a pillar box and stops outside Bradford Post Office. The man exits the car carrying a copy of the Yorkshire Post dated March 2 1945. He drops the paper and an envelope and picking them up, goes into the Post Office to purchase two stamps. After paying and receiving the stamps pushed under a protective grill, he leaves the shop and consults the collection times on the pillar box. The next collection is no. 4 at 5.30 pm. The envelope is addressed to Stead & Sons, 14 Helrose Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Co. Durham. A one penny and a two penny stamp are stuck to the envelope. The man posts the letter, goes to the car, pauses to light a Capstan cigarette and then gets into the car, registration FKA 135. A post van, registration GUW 393 speeds up, stops at the pillar box to collect the mail and drives off.
The film ends with another question (text on screen) “Can you remember the details?”
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Notes: Remarks: The producer of this film has not been determined, nor whothe film was produced for. However, since the film is designed to test the observation power of the viewer, it is reasonable to assume it was used to this effect by the Armed Forces.