Item : 2011-089.49 - Victoria - Government House, royal visit footage, and soldiers departing

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Victoria - Government House, royal visit footage, and soldiers departing

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AM1591-: 2011-089.49

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  • [1939?] (Creation)
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1 film reel (17 min., 53 sec. ; 146.4m) : acetate, 18 fps, reversal, b&w and col., silent ; 16 mm

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Item is a film which contains some of Douglas Scott's footage of the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Victoria, British Columbia, in May of 1939. The film captures a car approaching Government House; Margaret by the water; intertitles reading "We leave their majesties steaming Eastward, back to their family at the Heart of the Empire - while Canadians from the Atlantic to Pacific unite in loyalty and affection for our Sailor King and his gracious consort," and "The Straits of Juan de Fuca : In the foreground Canada - in the background the towering Olympic Range in the United States - two great nations living together in peace and Amity;" a large pole being painted by a man elevated by a pulley; the fountains and structures of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings illuminated for the royal visit; the parade, a marching band, and Mounties; a golf game; flowers; and youths riding horses. The end of the film captures soldiers marching.

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Moderate scratches, moderate warping, mild color fading, shrinkage, perforation damage, crazing/crackling on surface of film, debris in camera gate, low contrast scenes.

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Wetgating performed. Perforations have been repaired.

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Possibly shot at 16 fps. Some scenes in soft focus.


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  • Box: F17-D-09
  • Box: 726-C-06
  • Box: 708-C-06