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Milward's Famous Needles (1923)


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Work at the factory of Henry Milward & Sons, Washford Mills, Redditch; the production of sewing needles and fishing tackle. Men unload coils of wire from which the needles will be made; the process of straightening and annealing the wire is shown, followed by removing the wire from a furnace; pointing the wire; stamping and eyeing; the machine for punching holes in the needles and stamping and eyeing calix needles.

The head of a needle is shown in close-up with two holes (calyx) and a single hole. Further processes are shown: hardening and tempering; cleaning off the grease and drying, washing the needles in a variety of containers; putting the needles straight for further handling; examining and removing defective needles; sorting, sizing and packaging by machine. An intertitle tells us that "millions are turned out per day at these works of Henry Milward & Sons, Ltd., Redditch." Women make up packages of needles for the mail.

This is followed by what appears to be a second film, Making Fishing Tackle, at the same works. Boys and young men work on lathes making fishing rods. Rows of women workers, some young women and girls, are seen finishing the rods. Rows of women are shown at work making flies. One woman works very dextrously tying an artificial fly to a hook.