Item : MI-120 - City of playgrounds

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City of playgrounds

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VPK-S652-: MI-120

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  • [1950] (Creation)
    Stock date on film is 1950. Production date of the original film, which is located at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), is 1949.

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1 film reel (11 min., 8 sec.; 122.1 m) : acetate, print (Kodachrome), col., sound, optical, variable density ; 16 mm

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Item is a documentary film documenting people participating in recreational activities in Montreal?s parks. Some of the recreational activities documented in the film include children?s playground activities, a parade, races, baseball, tug-of-war, swimming, gymnastics, ice-skating, hockey and a toboggan run.

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Running time calculated at 24 frames per second (standard for sound film).

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Films transferred from Park Board via Alex Downie July 2006.


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Available as a digital file

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Original film is not available for viewing.

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According to Library and Archives Canada, where the original is located, this film documents the results of a city program that began in 1942 to create playgrounds in Montreal. The program cost one million dollars a year and began with only 9 playgrounds but by 1948 there were 100 playgrounds including 17 indoor pools and 15 open-air pools. This film may have been used by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation for reference purposes. Presented by: Department of Public Works (Montreal); director: Henri Gibeau; scenario: Claude Robillard; photography: J.A. Lavery; editing: Wanda Nowakowski.


Weak splices have been replaced. New head and tail leader have been added. Film has been wound onto a core and stored in a polypropylene container.

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  • Box: F09-E-06
  • Box: 708-B-04
  • Box: 726-B-04