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'The Way We Were': Nova Scotia in Film, 1917-1957

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Halifax Explosion 1917
Date: 1917-1920
Format: 1 film reel (00:13:38 hrs.) : silent, b&w
Filmmaker: W.G. MacLaughlan

Note: Actual footage of the 1917 Explosion in Halifax, showing devastation and the relief effort, beginning with activities the day after the Explosion and following the reconstruction in the north end of Halifax, including the Hydrostone housing project.


Producer: W.G. MacLaughlan
Access: Open for consultation; in public domain.

Reference no.: W.G. MacLaughlan Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1984-36 / Location no.: Fb 16 Duplication no.: Vc 12 Vh 50



Historic Film
Date: 1920s
Format: 1 videocassette : b&w
Filmmaker: CBC Television

Note: Canadian Gov. Motion Picture Bureau 1920's footage of the Maritimes. Included are: Halifax, Cape Breton, Chester, Annapolis Valley, PEI, Saint John, Fredericton, St. John River at Grand Falls, the Kennebecasis River, and the Matapedia Valley. Most emphasis given to St. John and Fredericton.


Production Company: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation / CGMPB
Broadcaster: CBHT
Access: Open for consultation; written permission required from donor for use or reproduction.

Reference no.: CBC Television Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-36 / Location no.: Vc 74 Supplemental information no.: Mf163- 71; 72



Home Movies: Cartoons
Date: ca. 1920s-1930s
Format: (00:10:00 hrs.) : silent, b&w
Filmmaker: C.C. Foster

Note: Five cartoons from various sources. Titles are: Comedy Gang in 'School Days' [live action] about various pranks school children perform in a one-room schoolhouse setting [ca. 1930]; Cartoon Comedy 'Crazy Train' which is early animation over live-action depicting a steam engine train and its passengers (live) being hijacked by a clown and a dog (animation) [ca. 1927]; Mutt and Jeff in 'Bike Races' [1930s]; 'Auto Driver'; and Kat Kartoon 'Kat in Zululand'.


Access: Open for consultation; written permission required from donor for use or reproduction until 1997.

Reference no.: C.C. Foster Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1992-51 / Location no.: Fb 2643



Home Movies: Bermuda
Date: ca. 1920
Format: 1 film reel (00:10:13 hrs.) : silent, b&w
Filmmaker: Allen Fraser

Note: Various scenes of Bermudian life showing market scenes, fishing, washing, villages, loading bananas at dockyard, street scenes and a ship [leaving] the island at night.


Producer: Allen Fraser
Access: Open for consultation; PANS holds copyright.

Reference no.: Allen Fraser Nova Scotia Archives Location no.: Fb 2638 Duplication no.: Vc 883



Home Movies: Bermuda, Lily Fields
Date: 1920
Format: 1 film reel (00:10:14 hrs.) : silent, b&w
Filmmaker: Allen Fraser

Note: Scenes of Bermudian tourist life including boating, beach scenes, hotel life (ie swimming pools, tennis, gardens), street scenes showing horse and buggies and arrival of dignitary [Edward, Prince of Wales aboard royal yacht]. Note: Also includes the short film Lily Fields of Bermuda which may have been filmed by FRASER.


Producer: Allen Fraser
Access: Open for consultation; PANS holds copyright.

Reference no.: Allen Fraser Nova Scotia Archives Location no.: Fb 2636 Duplication no.: Vc 883



Home Movies -Bermuda
Date: ca. 1920
Format: 1 film reel (00:6:50 hrs.) : silent, b&w
Filmmaker: Allen Fraser

Note: Scenes of Bermudian tourist life including boating, beach scenes, hotel life (ie. swimming pools, tennis, gardens), street scenes showing horse and buggies and waterfront/dockyard scenes.


Producer: Allen Fraser
Access: Open for consultation; PANS holds copyright. Fc 2734: CLOSED: conservation

Reference no.: Allen Fraser Nova Scotia Archives Location no.: Fb 2634 Duplication no.: Vc 883



Home Movies
Date: 1920s-1930s
Format: 1 film reel (00:22:17 hrs.)
Filmmaker: William T. Gray

Note: Amateur footage shot by William T. GRAY during the 1920s and 1930s. There are a potpourri of images including a Confirmation ceremony, a woman typing, a floating bi-plane, a baseball game between Moncton and Springhill, shots of bathers on Evangeline Beach, a trip to Moncton, N.B., picnics, a cricket game, children playing.


Access: Open for consultation; PANS holds copyright. Fb 2519: CLOSED: conservation

Reference no.: William T. Gray Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1987-07 / Location no.: Fb 2519 Duplication no.: Vc 1235



Flotation Suit and Others - A Screen Scrapbook
Date: ca.1923-1935
Format: 1 film reel (00:10:03 hrs.) : silent, b&w & colour
Filmmaker: Allen Fraser

Note: A variety of footage including: man demonstrating a floatation suit on Halifax waterfront; English folk dance (May pole dance) demonstration on Studley field at Dalhousie; men in log rolling competition; diver; football on Studley field and people generally 'hamming it up' - including Laurel and Hardy imitations. Also includes a short film of a tableau/dance sequence entitled A Screen Scrapbook - Woodland Dance directed by Madame Hylda.


Producer: Allen Fraser
Access: Open for consultation; PANS holds copyright. Fc 2732: CLOSED: conservation

Reference no.: Allen Fraser Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1992-50 / Location no.: Fb 2641; Fc 2732



The City by the Sea
Date: 1926-1927
Format: 1 film tape reel (00:7:28 hrs.) : silent, b&w
Filmmaker: Allan C Dunlop

Note: Documentary on Halifax with views from Dartmouth and the Citadel, views of Province House, Barrington Street, Dalhousie University, North West Arm, Fleming Park, Fleming Memorial Tower, Point Pleasant Park, and CNR Eastern terminal. Shots of yachting, rowing and golf. Intertitled.


Production Company: Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau
Access: Open for viewing; permission required from NFB for duplication

Reference no.: Allan C Dunlop Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-90 / Location no.: Fb 2778 Supplemental information no.: mf414 -3,4



Family Picnic
Date: 1927/1950
Format: 1 videocassette (00:17:30 hrs.)
Filmmaker: Mary Elizabeth Lynch

Note: Assembly of B&W and colour amateur film footage shot by Andrew K. MERKEL in Nova Scotia. Includes various scenes of family picnics at Port Royal, Queensland beach and Blomidon. Possibly seen are Thomas RADDALL and son. Also, various shots of Peggy's Cove and Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, N.S.


Producer: Andrew D. Merkel

Reference no.: Mary Elizabeth Lynch Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1987-64 / Location no.: Vb 254 Supplemental information no.: Mf404-01



Halifax, Kenloch, Strathlorne, Whycocomagh
Date: 1928
Format: 1 videocassette (00:18:32 hrs.)
Filmmaker: Alan Campbell Fagan

Note: Amateur B&W footage shot by Alan Campbell FAGAN ca. 1928. Potpourri of Nova Scotia scenes and images includes numerous shots of unidentified family members; family reunion gathering; pastoral scenes; farmers haying in fields; people fishing in rivers; horses and wagons; people leaving church after service. Also, Public Gardens.


Producer: Alan Campbell Fagan

Reference no.: Alan Campbell Fagan Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1993-10 / Location no.: Vb 260



Home Movies - Brow Hill
Date: 1928/1948
Format: 1 videocassette (00:11:15 hrs.)
Filmmaker: Mary Elizabeth Lynch

Note: Amateur photography by Andrew D. MERKEL. B&W of family events at Point Pleasant Park and Public Gardens, Halifax, N.S. Boys at Boy Scout Camp(). Colour footage of Peggy's cove, patch-work quilt. J.B. LIVESAY at Peggy's cove. Group shot of Canadian Authors' Association; pan shot of Port Royal from Merkel home. Men sawing an apple tree. Men rendering a beached whale. Family wedding in Port Royal area, views from courtyard of habitation.


Producer: Andrew D. Merkel

Reference no.: Mary Elizabeth Lynch Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1987-64 / Location no.: Vb 254 Supplemental information no.: Mf404-02



Guysborough no. 3
Date: 1928-1931
Format: 1 film reel (00:09:45 hrs.) : silent, b&w
Filmmaker: John B. Porter

Note: Footage of men fishing in stream and then at the beach, with panoramic footage of surrounding scenery. Footage of deer and birds. Footage of family swimming.Detailed content report and creator's notes available in Mf 425.


Access: Moved to Vinegar Syndrome Shelf.

Reference no.: John B. Porter Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-43 / Location no.: Fb 2804 Supplemental information no.: Mf # 425



Guysborough no. 4
Date: 1928-1932
Format: 1 film reel (00:12:06 hrs.) : silent, b&w
Filmmaker: John B. Porter

Note: Footage of children at play - 3 legged races, sailing model boats, pony rides, swimming in pond and at beach.Detailed content report and creator's notes available in Mf 425.

Reference no.: John B. Porter Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-43 / Location no.: Fb 2803 Supplemental information no.: Mf # 425



Canadian Authors' Association Excursion to Cape Breton
Date: 1929/1939
Format: 1 videocassette (00:5:30 hrs.)
Filmmaker: Mary Elizabeth Lynch

Note: Amateur B&W footage shot by Andrew D. MERKEL of a visit of the Canadian Authors' Association to Cape Breton Island, including views of Cabot Trail, loading of a hay wagon, Kenneth LESLIE, Robert NORWOOD, Laura KARTON, Frank POWER, Tully MERKEL, Robert LESLIE, etc.


Producer: Andrew D. Merkel

Reference no.: Mary Elizabeth Lynch Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1987-64 / Location no.: Vb 255 Supplemental information no.: Mf404-18


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