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Gigantic film hoax

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  • Gigantic film hoax

    Dear film buffs,

    I'm hoping one of you may able to help me solve a little mystery that has arisen in the course of some family history research I’ve been undertaking. Attached is a photo of my grandfather on a motorcycle outside a shop, taken in the UK (probably near Portsmouth) in either the late 1920s or early 1930s. You’ll see that there are several posters on the wall, some being newspaper banners. One of these (and I can’t read the name of the paper) carries the headline “Gigantic Film Hoax”. I am very curious to know about the hoax in question, as well as wanting to use the information to help me date the photo. It occurs to me that, with your collective knowledge of British cinema, this group might be able to shed some light on this. I should say I’ve already done a fair amount of unsuccessful googling on this.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

  • #2
    The Cottingley Fairies case springs to mind, but that was earlier than your time frame.


    • #3
      It could be this:



      • #4
        ^ That looks creditable.


        • #5
          Thanks Anthony. That does look plausible but, unfortunately, it seems to have happened in mid-1925, while I know for sure that my grandfather was posted to Malta from mid-1924 to mid-1926. Any other thoughts?


          • #6
            1930 - Another hoax in the Midlands


            • #7
              Interesting, thanks. I only wonder if an article that was on p7 of the regional paper in the Midlands would have made it to the display flyer in Hampshire.