Tourism film from half-century ago showcases 1964 Winnipeg
There are views of long-gone buildings, boulevards, signs and fashions
A film time capsule of Winnipeg recently surfaced on YouTube, offering a glimpse of a city adapting to the jet age and new-found tourism.
Hosted by former CBC broadcaster Ed McCrea, who delivers the narrative in an old-school radio voice, the film predates Tourism Winnipeg and Travel Manitoba.
There are views of long-gone buildings, boulevards and signs, the old duck pond at Assiniboine Park, and bygone fashions. The film also includes clips from a Bombers football game in the old stadium where, to no surprise, the home team is losing.
The past is also evident in the language, with its sexual innuendo, politically incorrect terms, and racist references to Eskimo art at the WAG and an Indian village at the Red River Exhibition.
McCrea died in 1991 and the film was recently rediscovered in storage by his son, Paul McCrea, who transferred it into a digital format. Paul McCrea's son, Andrew McCrea, then uploaded it to YouTube four days ago and it has already racked up 30,000 views.
"I never expected it to take off like that," Paul McCrea said. "It's really neat to be able to see him and hear him again."