Human Fish

Human Fishing

© British Pathé

    • Swimmer Harold Elven wears trunks and a harness across his back which is attached to a fishing line. Professional fisherman Jack Hargreaves attaches the line to his rod, and attempts to reel Harold in, competing with his fishing skills against Harold's athletic strength as Harold tries to reach the end of the pool.

      This was recorded in Peckham Public Swimming Baths which used to be in the converted attic space of a council building, now a private residence. I wonder if the current residents know so much excitement was happening in their attic in the 1940s?

      Local girls from Peckham watch with their beautifully conditioned 1940s hairstyles from a glassed-off spectators room.

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