SEALING WAX AND WAFERS

Minnie Ford and Danny Docherty making taper wax in Waterston’s casting shop in Edinburgh. (clip - full length available onsite)

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Places:

  • Edinburgh

Subjects:

  • Architecture and buildings
  • Arts and crafts
  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations

Genres:

  • Promotional

Decade:

  • 1960s

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Title: SEALING WAX AND WAFERS

Reference number: 2312

Date: 1966

Director: d. Ian Brock

Sponsor: George Waterston and Sons Ltd.

Production company: Grange Film Productions

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 21.00 mins

Description: A promotional film for George Waterston and Sons of Edinburgh, Wax Chandlers. This film shows interiors and machinery of the firm's old wax making factory at St. John's Hill, just prior to demolition. Traditional methods for production of sealing wax and wafer seals are shown, introducing the people who made them at each step.

Credits: commentary Pat Hogg
sd. Dave Graham
lighting Bill Hill
production assistant Fiona Brock

Workers Cathy Finlayson, Nancy Croy, Margaret Nelson, Alec Donald, Minnie Ford , Danny Docherty, Bella Hunter, Chrissy McKinley, Margaret Wright, Angus MacKay, Tom Morton, Bobby Pride, Helen Roy

Shotlist: Credits (0.40); General views of construction sites in city of Edinburgh. Exterior of house in St John's Hill in Edinburgh, home of several generations of the Waterston family. Brief history of the family and their beginnings as wax chandlers (2.00); Wax factory premises at St John's Hill. Whiting is sifted into a drum (2.38) gvs sealing wax and weighing materials used to make it; shellac, dyes, pine resin (5.10) gvs process of making wax mixture on a stove, searching (sieving) and moulding (8.30) The wax is separated into sticks and polished by heaters (10.08) process of making wax sticks by hand, c/u shot wax bottle-top (11.30) tea break (11.37) Shot of Robert and Jim Waterston looking up to Arthurs Seat (12.00) Taper wax casting shop. (13.10) Paste wafer shop "made from... flour, red lead and water". Examples of wax wafers used for imprinting seals. (15.40) Modern uses of wax wafers and sealing wax. (16.10) Packing and despatch department. Furnace (20.00); Exterior of new factory premises about to be opened (21.00).