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  • Glasgow


  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Science and technology


  • Sponsored


  • JAY, Ronald L.


  • 1930s

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Reference number: 0858

Date: 1933*

Director: d. Ronald L. Jay

Sponsor: SCWS

Production company: Jay's Film Service

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 7.42 mins

Description: The manufacturing processes involved in the production of shoes at the Co-op Shieldhall factory in Glasgow.

Shotlist: REEL I

Credits (0.21); Big feet, little feet, quick feet, slow feet. Kiddies' feet, ladies' feet, to and fro. Heavy feet, workers' feet, row on row. Pretty feet, dainty feet, watch them go! (.36); A simple pair of shoes. Simple? I wonder! [Credits and opening caption superimposed over montage of feet in city streets] (.45); Shot of a pair of shoes (1.00); Single frame caption The raw materials are first carefully inspected. A man examines leather for shoes (1.15); Then measured on this ingenious machine. The thickness of the leather is measured (1.38); No matter how you put it through, it reads the same. A circle is cut from the piece of leather and then passed through a machine simultaneously with another piece (1.54); The last, the basis of shoe making. A lady's shoe is assembled on the last (2.32); A man operates a pattern-making machine (3.16); A set of patterns and so much leather is issued to each cutter. Leather cutters at work at long benches (4.22); Parts for heavy boots are stamped out. A man operates the appropriate machine (5.11); General view of closing room. Army of women seated on both sides of long benches assemble the shoes (5.32); Sewing parts together by machine. Leather parts are stitched together on heavy duty sewing machines (5.54); Sewing and bevelling the edges. The pieces of leather are bevelled (6.13); Beading to make a neat finish. The leather is beaded by a girl operating a machine (6.23); Eye letting. A girl operates another piece of machinery (6.30); Lacing so that they can be pulled down firmly onto the last. The shoes are laced prior to being attached (6.54); Lasting - on this process depends the whole set of the shoe. The shoes are placed on the last and preparations are made for the attachment of the sole to the upper (7.40); End of Part One (7.42)


No credits. Lasting the sides, little way method. Shots of same (0.28); Lasting the toe and heels. Heels and toes are lasted on a separate machine (1.18); Lasting - welted method. The welt is stitched through the uppers to the insole. Another shoe is lasted. (1.48); Before attaching the sole the hollow left in the centre is filled with waterproof composition. Granular mixture is pressed into the hollow on the underside of the last (2.05); Stamping out the sole. Shots of same (2.13); Grading soles to an even thickness. The sole thickness is measured (2.39); Cutting the channel to which the uppers are fixed. A channel is cut around the circumference of the sole (2.52); The soles are now firmly attached. Shots of same (3.12); Then trimmed and a channel cut to receive the stitching. The soles are trimmed (3.30); The soles are securely attached to the uppers. Heavy duty sewing machines are used to sew on the soles (3.49); In the case of Miners' and other heavy duty boots, screws are used. Shots of soles being screwed on (4.09); The soles are now levelled on appropriate types of machines. Soles are levelled (4.40); Building and attaching heels. Heels are made by stacking heel sections and attaching to shoe (5.30); Finishing - trimming up the heels with precision. Heels trimmed on machine (5.59); Covering Louis heels. High heels are finished with covering of material (6.21); The heel breast is firmly attached on this machine. Shots of same (6.36); Fixing the metal plate to prevent the heel being worn too far. Shot of same (6.51); Pressing and setting the edges. Edges of sole on a finished shoe are trimmed (7.29); Buffing (Note the dust extracting arrangements) Soles are first buffed by machine and then finished by hand (8.17); Experts examine the finished product. Shots of shoes being examined (8.41); That pair is OK. Shot of finished article. (8.49); So the shoes pass out into the world. Sixteen thousand pairs a week [caption superimposed over shots of racks of shoes] (9.00); Aerial shots of Shieldhall works (9.34); Big feet, little feet, quick feet, tramp! Here come the kiddies' feet, stamp! stamp! stamp! Listen for the sound of footsteps, hark! Scotland is wearing the Shieldhall mark! (9.52); SCWS hallmark (9.54); Buy the best. Buy Shieldhall (10.03); ecs (10.13)