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Ontario Wool

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611 (35mm); 244 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 28mm, 35mm, 16mm, VHS.
"Ontario, circa 1917, produced 3,500,000 lbs. of wool annually. This documentary shows: two men shearing lambs outside a large barn with one man hand-cranking the machine that drives the shears which are being used by the other man on the lamb; fleece being clipped, trimmed, and rolled into a bundle; man putting fleece into a binder and the fleece, now bound with paper twine, being removed from the binder and weighed on hand held scales; bundled fleece being packed into regulation sacks by the men and then baled; bales of wool at the receiving warehouse operated by the Ontario Sheep Traders Association, from where the wool will be cooperatively sold; grading and weighing separate shipments of wool at a Guelph wool market; and the sorting of the bundles of fleece in wooden crates after weighing.

This film showcases the wool industry through pictures of men shearing sheep, fleece being bundled and weighed, and bundles of fleece being packed into regulation sacks by workers. The film shows the warehouse operated by the Sheep Traders Association, as well as the Guelph Wool Market, where the bundled fleece is sorted and stored in wooden crates. Pathéscope was often contracted by the Ontario Government Motion Picture Bureau to create educational and promotion films to showcase the province."