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Sunday 17 December 2017

Can you solve mystery of car boot sale footage?

Could you hold the clue to this old film footage which was discovered in a car boot sale?

RTE's archives section certainly hopes so.

It is looking for clues to find the identity of the family or the location featured in the footage which is believed to be about 80 years old.

It said that like most archives, there are some items that it is preserving they don't know a lot about.

The films were deposited with RTE archives by Jimmy Quinlan who got them, and a 9.5mm projector at a car boot sale in Athy, Co Kildare.

CLUE

The 9.5mm film used a single perforation sprocket hole between each frame and was especially popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

The two rolls of film show people posing for the camera in a large garden, playing tennis, people with two cars and a brief shot of scouts marching.

The cars may offer some clue. In the film, one of the cars has a registration number which looks like TO 7149 or T6 7148.

The world's audio and moving image recordings are vulnerable for a range of reasons, including natural decay, technological obsolescence and even deliberate destruction.

If you think you can help, contact the RTE archive's section by email archives@rte.ie or on Twitter @RTEArchives

Meanwhile, the footage in question can be viewed in full on their website.

fdillon@herald.ie

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