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Canadian Power

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1120 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 16mm, 3/4", VHS.
"The history of the development of power in Canada, beginning in the 17th century, concentrating particularly on the development of water power in Quebec. Sequences are shown on settlers using early agricultural implements, many made of wood; women working at looms and spinning wheels; animal powered machinery for sawing logs, etc. with shots of wooden gears and cog wheels in operation. Sequences on traditional windmills and the more modern farm windmill for generating electricity. Views of early 19th century steam powered machines for cutting lumber and tanning. Sequences on modern machinery. Several sequences on water power as applied to home industries: churning butter, fulling homespuns, milling grain, and cutting wood. Several shots of modern dams seen in aerial shots and from the ground: the Alcoa Dam at the Chute à Caron on the Saguenay River, the Chelsea and Farmer Plants on the Gatineau River, the dam at Chats Falls on the Ottawa River, and the Queeston-Chippewa Plant of the Ontario Hydro Commission. There is a final montage of high tension lines, pulp and paper, steel industries, and other power-using industries."


Peter Morris, Embattled Shadows: A History of Canadian Cinema, 1895-1939, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1978.

Shot in kodachrome.