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Item : 2011-093.2 - Highlights of 1938

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Highlights of 1938

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J. Cowan Adam Presents. Photography: J. Cowan Adam. Musical Arrangement and Sound Effects: J. Cowan Adam.

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AM1487-: 2011-093.2

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  • Oct. 23, 1992 (originally filmed 1938) (Creation)
    Original content filmed in 1938. Original 16mm film transferred to 3/4" NTSC video format by Triad Communications Ltd., Vancouver, BC, October 23, 1992.

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1 videocassette (34 min., 34 sec.) : b&w, col. (title cards), mute

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Item is a videocassette transfer copy of a 1938 amateur motion picture film depicting a year retrospective for 1938 for the Adam family. The film depicts the family's new house (5689 Angus Drive, W. 40th Ave); travelled on the RMS Queen Mary from New York City to Southampton, England; prepared their yacht for the season; went on holiday to Qualicum Beach, Montague Harbour, and Deep Bay; moved into their new house; and had a baby.

The film also includes local events: construction of the Lion?s Gate Bridge; CPR pier D after being destroyed by fire; burning of a local ice and cold storage plant along with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish the blaze. Other locations visible in the film include Pier 54 in New York, Coal Harbour, the Marine Building and the Royal Bank Building in Vancouver.

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Scanlines at the bottom of the image run throughout, with slight video artefacts occasionally in the image.

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Intertitle cards in magenta tones. Footage is black and white.


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  • Box: 707-E-01