Sunday, October 17, 2010

Post 1399 - Old Films

I meant to write about this before, but life got in the way, as it always does.

The Nova Scotia Archives have been online for some time now.  Lots of interesting photos up there.  But they have been working hard to digitize old films shot in and around Nova Scotia, or films shot abroad by Nova Scotians, and been putting 'em up on youtube.

These films cover the chronological range from around 1917 to around 1957. 

What can I say?  They're a fascinating glimpse into life back then.  But, I doubt if most of you would want to sit through most of the silent home movies from back then. 

As a case in point, here's a video of Peggy's Cove from the 1930's.  It's nice to see the lighthouse there, and the area where the Sou'Wester restaurant is now, and know that that crappy restaurant and structure weren't there back then.  Perhaps, one hopes, there will come a day when it won't be there again.  Circle of life and all that tommy rot.

Here's a video.  Remember the popcorn.

Here's a second video, with sound, of Halifax during the 1950's. Much more interesting. One can still see many of the buildings in the downtown.

I love the announcer. It's like he just was presented the script 5 seconds before they put him in the recording booth.

Tomorrow, post 1400.


1 comment:

Ken said...

I have been trying to remember to keep an eye on what is going up on the web thanks to the Archives. There are some really interesting photos and films over there!