Videos: Vintage 1930s Bermuda Travel Film

March 20, 2012

More vintage home movie footage of Bermuda in the pre-World War Two [1939-1945] era has been restored and posted online by Nova Scotia’s provincial archives.

The scenic 1933 footage was taken during a holiday trip to Bermuda, Bahamas and Jamaica.

The newly posted footage was shot by John B. Porter (1861-1943), a mining engineer and amateur filmmaker, who travelled extensively around the world and took 16mm moving pictures of his travels.

He lived in Montreal, summered in Guysborough, and wintered in California.

Bermuda is featured in the first four minutes of the video

He held the Mining chair at McGill University. Mr. Porter was one of the first filmmakers in Canada to make use of colour film.

In 2010 the Nova Scotia Archives posted film showing Bermuda at the dawn of the modern tourism age in the 1930s shot by a Canadian photo-journalist.

That film is believed to have been shot by Allen Fraser, a Boer War and First World War veteran who was a photographer for the “Halifax Mail” and a Nova Scotian documentarian from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Photo-journalist Allen Fraser’s 1930s Bermuda footage

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