British civilian in east London, childhood and family's business interests 1910-1930s
REEL 1 Family background and childhood in east London pre 1900-1914: immigrant Jewish grandfather's business in Mile End Road; father and uncles' market trading business; technique of mock auctioneering; earliest memories of first home; domestic help, fluctuating family fortunes and mother's cooking; observance of Jewish religion; Jewish food shopping in Petticoat Lane; buying material and having suits made; food.
REEL 2 Family background in Clapton, east London 1910-1914: typical Jewish food. Wartime childhood in east London 1914-1919: family reaction to outbreak of war; music hall songs; air raids, Zeppelin shot down over Cuffley and seeing exhibition of remains; military parade grounds in Hackney; seeing wounded soldiers at Charing Cross; family changing Jewish surname; hostility towards German community in east London; father volunteering under Derby scheme and service as storeman with Cameronian Highlanders; food shortages. Family business life in east London 1908-1920s: uncle, Abraham Gilbert's cinemas in Hackney and wartime expansion; self filling fountain pen business.
REEL 3 Family business life in east London 1908-1930s: expansion and success of uncle's pen production during 1920s; growth of company into Mentmore Industries and family's withdrawal from firm; uncle's involvement in greyhound racing leading to ownership of Hackney and Hendon Stadiums; father's business ventures.