Title Details

Today It's News

A look at newspapers and telecommunications in the 1950s.
Year : 1954 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes |
Director : Clive E Cross |
Aerial shot over busy intersection showing buses, traffic and pedestrians then VS at street level. MS crowded bus interior with man standing to give his seat to a woman standing. VS passengers reading newspapers.
Access No. 4104 | 50 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS inside busy newspaper sub-editor's room with MS chief sub-editor allocating work to various men across desks. CU person dialling on old phone and man on dock speaking into radio phone, and woman using teleprinter with man receiving printout at other end.
Access No. 4105 | 49 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Segment showing workings of telegram delivery from delivery boy receiving message from chute and taking it to newspaper sub-editorial room to sending back message through chute with POV travelling through underground pneumatic tubes. VS messages arriving via chutes to central and branch telegraph offices. CUs telegrams being opened and sorted. CU's people sorting opening telegrams into trays. MS man sending messages on overhead wire.
Access No. 4106 | 1 min 23 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS telegrams being transported along speed overhead wires. CUs morse key operators and CUs of page printing machinery. VS conveyor belts, mail chutes and men at trunkline control panel operating lines and telexing. CUs controls and control boards. VS man at teleprinter typing and producing numeric data with punched tape overflowing from basket.
Access No. 4107 | 1 min 26 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU sign for Local Network and VS meteorological section with MS man at machine which punches out data and punch tape. CU weather section in newspaper accompanied by weather map with isobars. CU weather map graphic serving as outline for archival footage of telegraph lines, early telegraph equipment and the development of telegraph cables.
Access No. 4108 | 1 min 15 secs | 1950s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Tilt down Overseas Telecommunications Commission building to street with workers walking by. Interior of Overseas Telecommunications Commission operating room with rows of men working machines and sorting telegrams. CU of man sorting telegrams into several pigeon holes. CU track of world map with communication lines marked on it and CUs of hands operating ticker tape machine. CU hands creating commercial cables. MS men operating electronic equipment seen from behind (note man's patterned jumper).
Access No. 4109 | 55 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS man pulling out equipment with various CUs of electronic equipment in Overseas Telecommunications Commission including machine parts, phase control, bank of meters, flashing lights, grandfather clock and man at bench reading and winding ticker tape on his hand. CU ticker tape with wool sale information printed on it.
Access No. 4110 | 24 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High shot over men at tables arranged to form semicircles then MS auctioneer with gavel and bidders at wool sale with vigorous bidding. MS of men throwing their arms in the air during bidding. CU gavel on bench. CU plaque for OTC House and CU man writing International Telegram then taking it to counter. CUs of simple wall clock then wrist watch. GS man in dressing gown pouring himself tea in hotel room then opening door to receive telegram. CU hand knocking on door and of telegram on silver platter.
Access No. 4111 | 52 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS crane loading bales of wool onto ship from wharf. GS model in winter wool coat parading at fashion show. CU Staff Only sign on door of picturegram office. CU hands leafing through photographs including Queen Elizabeth II, ships, politicians etc. VS of man winding and operating picturegram machine to relay photograph. CU man scanning famous photo of Mrs. Petrov to London.
Access No. 4112 | 34 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Graphic of Australia spotlit on a world globe with line linking it towards Europe. Brief WS of London Bridge with boats and tug on the Thames. CU of timer clock on bench and CU to photograph with famous image of Mrs. Petrov appearing in developing tray under fluid. Graphic of map of Australia with link to Darwin.
Access No. 4113 | 18 secs | 1950s | London, UK | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Postal worker on bicycle arrives through city traffic and passing trams to Daily Telegraph newspaper headquarters at Consolidated Press Limited building. CU brass plaque on building. CU Picturegram envelope changing hands and men in sub-editorial room examining picturegram holding image up to light. Good GS newspapers in stacking machine.
Access No. 4114 | 23 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Man in back of Kombi van delivers newspapers from open side doors in suburban streets. Man exits house and picks up newspaper lying on front path then joins wife in garden to show her front page. CU to large front page photograph regarding Mrs. Petrov. Photo montage of newspaper headlines with footage of telecommunications processes superimposed faintly on top. ECU hands stretching ticker tape with closing credits rather than telegraphed message.
Access No. 4115 | 44 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |