Historical Video: Bermuda As It Was In 1932

February 3, 2014

Bermuda has long been a premium destination for travelers, especially for those looking to escape a harsh Canadian winter, and the video below, the second of two 16mm reels to be digitized, depicts just such a journey in 1932, with this clip primarily shot in Bermuda.

Much of Bermuda’s early twentieth century charm is apparent in the short video, with traditional carriages drawn by horses visible throughout the streets, including no less than 10 carriages appearing to be waiting to offer transport around the island to visitors when they arrive.

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At one point in the video clip, a Bermuda police officer is seen directing the horse and carriage traffic along busy city streets, offering directions to a pedestrian as he does.

Bicycles are also prominently featured, allowing single passengers to speed by carriages as they make their way up and down Bermuda’s roads.

With locals and visitors alike flooding the streets, each of them traveling, shopping, smiling, and taking in a typical sunny day on the island, the video depicts Bermuda more than 80 years ago.

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  1. hmmm says:

    Wow …amazing movie, thanks for sharing this. Such amazing sights !

    Also noticed

    Hamilton roads in great condition !!!

    People on 2 wheels overtaking and ignoring the rules of the road(foot beat horsepower then)

    Someone asking for change (or a tip ..perhaps for being in the movies)

    • Mazumbo says:

      This is very interesting, loved it.
      (With locals and visitors alike flooding the streets, each of them traveling, shopping, smiling and taking in a typical sunny day on the island, the video DEPICTS Bermuda more then 80 years ago.
      The video depicted the tourist version of Bermuda but to get an unscripted version refer to the documented DVD When Voices Rise.
      Don’t think he was asking for change but it looks like they had some form of relationship in the past.
      Excellent video.

      • Mike Hind says:

        “When Voices Rise” is an amazing piece of work.
        Errol Williams would be sickened by you using it to spread hate.

        • Question says:


          As a friend of Brother Errol, I do not believe that Mazumbo was utilizing the DVD as a piece to spread hate.

          I believe you just react every time he post something – seriously. He simply indicated that the DVD shows a local view on a part of Bermuda’s history versus the “tourist” view in the above video.

          No need to attack – - you seemed to have glossed over the fact that he (Mazumbo) actually applauded the video and its creators.


          • Mike Hind says:

            I was a friend of his as well.

            And I’ve read enough of “Mazumbo”s racist posts to know that he is using this amazing piece of work to shame and denounce people based on race.

            You may not believe it. That is your perogative.
            You’d be wrong, but you can believe what you want to believe.

            You’ve shown your true colours enough times that it’s not a surprise.

            • Question says:

              Again, how can you base your rant on the above post?

              You are trying to portray me as some villain who posts rhetoric and slander just because (yes, I know those are my words, not yours) – -but that is just not true.

              I am simply trying to get you to realize that his statement, BASED ON WHAT HE POSTED, cannot be seen as “hatred” alone – - you are prejudging – a practice that you, yourself, have championed against.

              You may think that you understand me, but you don’t – - and I don’t think you actually want to – honestly. I understand you perfectly – - I may not always agree with you, but I do “get you” – - tolerance works both ways, don’t it?


              • Mike Hind says:

                Not a rant at all. If anyone’s portraying someone as a villain, it’s usually YOU doing that.
                And they ARE your words, not mine. Not mine at all.
                What you said is completely incorrect. As usual.

                Your supposition that I’m speaking about his one post alone is also incorrect. This is not the first time he has posted about the movie. But let’s not let actual things that happened get in the way of your attempt to wag your finger at me for something you made up. I’m not PREjudging anything. I’m basing my comments on things that he has actually said. I’m basing them on HIS words, not mine. That’s the difference between you and me. You decry me for things that, as you admit, are your words.

                And believe me, I DO understand you. You’re not that complex.
                I’m not either, and I’m pretty sure you DO get me.
                That hasn’t stopped you from misrepresenting me, my positions and things that I’ve said, though. If you TRULY “get me”, you’d be WAY more honest (and less creepy) than you are. I love how you’re all “You don’t understand me, but I understand you…”, like that’s a thing. I DO “get you”. You’re VERY transparent… laughably so.

                As for tolerance? I’m not. I am completely intolerant of lies, dishonesty, racist rants from demagogues, misinformation and propaganda.

                I AM tolerant of different points of view and opposing positions, as long as they’re based in reality and honesty. You haven’t seemed willing to do that so far. I live in hope.

                • Mazumbo says:

                  Easy mate no need to become DERANGED.

                  • Mike Hind says:

                    And there we go. You have nothing to say in response so you post nonsense.
                    As per usual.

                    You keep proving me right.

                • Question says:


                  You don’t get it. I am simply trying to have a conversation about what I believe is a misinterpretation of Mazumbo’s statement – - – and we have gone into a discussion of me and what you believe to be who and what I am – seriously?

                  First know – that I respect you and the fact that you and I have not seen eye to eye on some topics. Second, you should admit that I have given you credit when I believe you are correct on any given topic – - check the record and you will see that I have.

                  I will admit that some of your post have enraged me to the point where I allowed my emotions to get the better of me, but that is no blame upon you.

                  I am simply trying to get you to admit that because of your own feelings towards Mazumbo, you are allowing those feelings to dictate how your reply to his post – - not because of the information contained within – plain and simple (nothing wrong with that – that’s being honest).

                  You have asked me to be honest and fair in almost every post you have written to me – - when you attack and when you don’t – - so that’s what I am asking for – honest.


                  • Mike Hind says:

                    You can try to do that all you want. However, I will not admit it for one very simple reason: It’s not true.

                    I’ve never claimed to be responding solely to the one post. That is your construct… your words.

                    I’m not responsible for stuff you make up.

                    I note that, as usual, you’ve pretty much ignored any and all points that I’ve made in my post in order to make your completely fabricated point… a point that has nothing to do with anything I’ve said.

                    • Question says:

                      And now, I will ask everyone to re-read this tread and judge for yourself if I am what Mike says I am. I believe I have been honest about my intent throughout this thread and I have been attack for no reason.

                      I am simply pointing out what I believed to be a logical misinterpretation of Mazumbo’s statement but I’ve been told that I have “pretty much ignored any and all points that I’ve made in my post in order to make your completely fabricated point… a point that has nothing to do with anything I’ve said.”

                      I have not moved from my original position in my first post – - – and I truly feel it is sad how you treat people on this blog, because I know that is not you.


                    • Mike Hind says:

                      ANd again, you ignore my points to pretend like you’re the victim of some attack. You don’t deny the things I say, you just make your agenda pretty clear: You’re attempting to sway people’s opinion of me – “I will ask everyone to re-read this ‘tread’ [sic] and judge for yourself…”
                      Why does what anyone else think of you matter?

                      You claim to have been honest about your intent. Fine. But I have addressed your intent and you ignored that.
                      You repeat that you are “simply pointing out what I believed to be a logical misinterpretation…” and yet ignore that I’ve already answered that claim and shown that it’s wrong and that you, in fact, completely made up that belief.

                      You were told that you ignored my points because you did. playing the victim card when called on something you actually did doesn’t work.

                      And then the “…because I know that is not you…” thing, like you know me.
                      You don’t. You’re just playing yet another political game… and you’re doing it badly.
                      Come out from “under the hood” and have an honest conversation with me and MAYBE you’ll be able to claim to know me.
                      Until then and as long as you continue to lie and misrepresent, you’re just another demagogue, trying – and failing – to defame someone that threatens your false, dishonest and hypocritical political agenda.

              • Hmmm says:

                The article was showing a rare tourists view of Bermuda. A wonderful piece of film shared. Can’t wait to show my young daughters this footage from the pre war 1930′s

                Mazumbo then jumps in and says if you want to see an unsripted…..
                BUT Guess what…this tourists film was completely unscripted. There was no editing, it is what it is, as it was filmed.

                Once again, thank you to the person who got the footage here and to those who shared it.

                • Mazumbo says:

                  @ Hmmm I wasn’t talking about the tourist film I was talking about the era, if you look at my post I have( DEPICTS) in caps. My point is it did not DEPICT how Bermuda’s social structure was that’s why I made reference to When Voices RISE, my young ones enjoyed it.

                  • Hmmm says:

                    It is not mean’t to Depict a social structure, what the hell does a social structure movie have to do with this very old tourist captured film…..NOTHING. You took it as as opportunity to promote your personal agenda. You are a disgusting individual. End of.

              • Mazumbo says:

                @ Question your wasting your time with Mike, you are correct I applauded the video and also made reference to When Voices Rise for a more real in depth depiction of that era.
                That type of response made him show his real colors.
                Get over it Mike it’s part of our colorful History.

                • Mike Hind says:

                  You will literally rewrite reality to suit your needs, won’t you.

                  PLEASE try some honesty. Please?

  2. Two Bermudas says:

    So much right and so much wrong about this film. Thankful for whomever shot and preserved it. Historical perspective is both chilling and necessary.

  3. Truth Teller says:

    I simply wish that Michael Hind would stop trying to cow black Bermudians into conforming to his warped and colour blind racist view of the world.

    Certainly, the historical victims of white (anglo style)racism in these islands should have the right to speak their truth.

    I for one will never buy into the notion that white males like Hind are the new victims of racism now perpetuated by black Bermudians.

    I repeat…Mike Hind needs to stop promoting “colour blind racism” against black Bermudians.

    In America for example only racist tea party types usually from the south would even dare to make the type of comments that he makes on racial matters.

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      How is anyone a “colour blind racist”?

      • Mazumbo says:

        By pretending RACSIM don’t exist and calls anyone a Racist who does.

        • Mike Hind says:

          Now that is a completely false accusation.
          I have never, nor would I ever, EVER, pretend racism doesn’t exist.

          I just admit that it exists in more places than you do.

          This is just another tantrum on your part, lashing out at me because I call you on your behaviour.

        • Sandy Bottom says:

          Nobody would call you colour blind. You are obsessed with race.

    • Mike Hind says:

      Coupla things.

      I’m not trying to “cow” anyone into anything.
      I’m just pointing out lies and racism where I see it.
      If I’m wrong, show me how.

      I’m not a victim of anything. Certainly not a “new victim of racism now perpetuated by black Bermudians”. Never claimed to be and never even remotely put forth that notion.

      You seem to be of the opinion that black folks can’t be racist.
      Correct me if I’m wrong.
      If they can’t, in your opinion, then let’s have a discussion about that… because I think you’re wrong (if that’s the case), but I’m willing to listen to you explain how they can’t and then put forth my position that they can, as racism is based on superiority and this includes moral superiority…

      If they can, then how are my comments “promoting “colour blind racism”?

      Your INCREDIBLY feeble attempt to link me to the Tea Party (a group of people I truly detest) is pathetic and a sign of just how desperate you are to denounce me.

      If you’d like to have a real discussion about racism and whether or not I am (Based solely on the colour of my skin, it seems, as you’ve shown absolutely NO evidence of my “warped and colour blind racist view of the world” otherwise.), then please. Let’s. But I do ask that you address thing that I’ve ACTUALLY said and not stuff you’ve made up because you don’t like me questioning folks or pointing out when they’re being racist.

      How ’bout it?

      Or will you just ignore this and pop up again when you want to make another false, baseless personal attack?

      • Marie says:

        @Mike Hind, I’m interested in your comments/opinion on the relativity of a person’s perceptions (and experiences) which shapes their view of our modern day reality. How does one escape their contrived reality thereby allowing them to exist purposefully in our modern day reality. How do we perceive

        • Marie says:

          *one version reality and qualify our judgement of another’s person perception of reality.

        • Come Correct says:

          I know I’m not Mike, but perception is reality. How a person perceives things is their reality, thus differing opinions. I see people as people and take them for face value thus I’m usually oblivious to race and it’s current issues although I do recognize it exists, just not within me. Call me color blind but believe me life is better without hate. Hate is like an infection. The atrocities of the past will never go away but the dislike some of us have for each other can, its a choice. We should aim to make sure it never happens again. Thats how I perceive it, some may not agree and that’s how our realities differ.

        • Mike Hind says:

          This is the problem I have.

          I get that perception becomes reality for certain things and that perception is shaped by experiences.

          However, when it comes to things that are incontrovertable – an example from this instance: things that I’ve said and done versus things that I haven’t ever done – perception doesn’t come into it.

          When someone willfully makes up an accusation about someone, simply because they don’t like what they are saying, that’s just plain dishonesty and has nothing to do with how they perceive things.

          Sure, there’s an argument that someone’s perception and experiences make it ok to lie about someone else, but I don’t hold to that. It’s about fairness. Lying isn’t fair.
          Arguing about something that someone didn’t do isn’t fair.
          Making up false accusations and then running away and refusing to back up the claim isn’t fair.

          And, to answer your question: “How does one escape their contrived reality thereby allowing them to exist purposefully in our modern day reality?”
          By educating themselves through honest, open conversation. Lots of them. I’ve made a concerted effort to figure out what my contrived reality is, how my experiences have shaped that reality and how to move to a REAL reality by addressing and admitting my own biases and making every attempt to remove that bias from the things I write and by making every attempt to be as honest and REAL reality based as possible. It’s working for me. I still have my own biased perceptions on things, sure, but I’m working on it.

      • Mazumbo says:

        Um excuse me Dreamer Black People are not racist we can be prejudice but not racist.
        The definition of racist is(The doctrine of a certain human race is superior to any or all others)
        By default that eliminates the Black Race (even though that can be debatable)
        Moral superiority can be more of an individual attribute, but can also be cooperate, unlike economic, social, political and judicial superiority which came through the channels of racial discrimination, injustice, policies and corruption.
        We’ve made some improvements over the years but a ways to go, were talking about centuries of damage and a half a century of acceptance and tolerance.

        • Suzie Quattro says:


          What an ahole.

        • Hmmm says:

          From the Free online dictionary:

          “1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.

          2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.”

          Seems like you sit nicely (as per your admission)in 2.
          You are a racist.

          Also you said the below which is racist under 1.

          “By default that eliminates the Black Race (even though that can be debatable)”

          What do you not understand here !!!!

        • Hmmm says:

          From the Free Online Dictionary:

          1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.

          2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

          So you are wrong Mazumbo !

        • Mike Hind says:

          And there we have it.

          You are incorrect, of course, but this explains EVERYTHING about you and how and what you post.

          A sad little racist desperately trying to rationalize his hate.

      • Mike Hind says:

        It’s interesting to note that the person who made all these false accusations hasn’t returned to defend or back up their claims.

        Courage of convictions… yeah, right.

      • Truth Teller says:

        Blacks have never practiced racism in this country or anywhere else in the world.

        Why would you seek to advance that spurious and vile assertion.

        Only whites in Bermuda (Anglos as a group in particular) have practiced racism in this country.

        And if you really knew what racism was Hind you would not even go there.

        I do know however, that Black Bermudians along with Blacks globally have responded in a myriad of ways to the racism perpetuated by whites.

        My recommendation to you Hind is to stop with the American style “Tea Party” derived rhetoric.

        • Mike Hind says:

          And here we have it again. “Black people cannot be racist.”

          You sicken me.

          You didn’t even read my response to your post, you just want to continue to push this racist lie and have chosen me as your target to spread your hate.

          It makes me sick that there are people that think like you in my country.

          You want to talk Tea Party rhetoric? Look in the mirror. YOU are the one spewing hate, not me.

          • Mazumbo says:

            It makes me sick that there are people that think like you in my country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            • Mike Hind says:

              And how do I think?
              DO tell.

              See, I can explain exactly what I mean when I say that.

              Can you? I doubt it.

              Time and again, you have denounced me and MANY others as morally inferior, as inferior as citizens and inferior as human beings, based solely on the colour of our skin based on the actions of other people and an unfair societal structure that many, if not most, are unaware exists. Instead of trying to educate folks on that structure, you use it as a weapon to denounce and defame and to attempt to point out their inferiority.

              THAT is why you are a racist and THAT is why it makes me sick that there are people that think like you in my country.

              Now… what is it about the way I think – and please don’t waste my time and yours with stuff you’ve made up… use ACTUAL things that I’ve done – that makes you sick?

              Come on, “Mazumbo”. Time to step up and show an ounce of integrity.

  4. sage says:

    Saw that nip at 1.58?

  5. Triangle Drifter says:

    Hey, somebody has their boat on my mooring! Great video.

    For the life of me I don’t see a thing wrong with it. If anything what would be wrong is a recent video of the same scenes showing the destruction of Front St with the new characterless buildings.

  6. Terry says:

    I thought it was a fantastic video. Brought back similar memories of the early 50′s but with cars and trucks.
    There were still many horse and buggies and thousands of pedal cycles just before the motor cycle came along.