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    Stock shots around Ottawa - particular focus on shops and signs in French.

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    Pinewood Stock Can material.

    Ottawa, Canada.

    Exterior night shots of Grand Hotel. MS of two Canadian policemen. They walk off on patrol. VS of Ottawa flag flying on flag pole. CU sign 'Hotel De Ville'. MS of Ottawa flag. Ext of gatehouse type building near river. Travel shots around streets in suburban area. Fairly large houses. Travel shots in shopping area of city - lots of signs in French. VS vegetables on stall outside shop. LS of house in side street. VS of two men walking along road. Ext of Ottawa Hotel. Ext of shop with lots of signs in French. Int. shots of butchers shop. All signs in French. VS around indoor market. Ext. Supermarket. CU of goods on conveyor at checkout / till. (These are branded in English).

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pinewood stock cans
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1959
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:26:00 / 01:08:19:00
    PSC 53 A

Comments (4)

  1. zone5ive says

    None of this footage is from Ottawa. Most of it was shot in Sainte-Hyacinthe, Quebec, just outside Montreal. The latter part is from Toronto, Ontario. At 07:07 a Dominion store is shown advertising a promo contest with television station CFTO in Toronto. The station opened in 1961.

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  2. LucidWebMarketing says

    Being an Ottawa native born in 1962, I was curious to see what old videos you might have of my home town.

    While this is supposedly shots from the 1950s, I recognized nothing. Of course, the city has changed. But I have seen things that suggest most of this is NOT shots from Ottawa.

    I don't think there ever was a Grand Hotel in Ottawa. I can ask older folks.

    There's a bus with St. Hyacinthe going by at one point. This is a town east of Montreal, in the province of Quebec. Ottawa is in the province of Ontario.

    At first, I couldn't clearly see the policeman's patch. After checking, I can see it says St. Hyacinthe.

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  3. LucidWebMarketing says

    Both flags shown are clearly the Quebec flag. It would not fly in Ottawa being in Ontario. So my guess is most of these pictures are in or near St. Hyacinthe. This would also explain most signs being in French. I don't believe there would be many French signs in Ottawa during that period. City Hall would certainly not say Hotel de Ville.

    That "gate" over the road is nothing I know exists or ever existed in Ottawa.

    Only the fruit and vegetables stand is reminiscent of the Bytown Market in Ottawa. But since nothing is so far, it probably is not.

    There was never a Ottawa Hotel in Ottawa as far as I know.

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  4. LucidWebMarketing says

    The sign in French says "win a 1962 Rambler" so this was taken at that time. Unlikely to see such a sign only in French in Ottawa. It might be across the river in Hull which is in Quebec but nothing else suggests that's where it was.

    The Dominion store shot must be in Toronto. The sign says "Play Domino CFTO". CFTO is a television station in Toronto, Ontario, 400 km from Ottawa.

    While you can't make out details, you can also tell the car's license plate is different than the cars in previous shots. Looks like until this point, all cars had Quebec plates and this one has an Ontario plate.

    Also note that none of the groceries have French text. Back then, there was no law forcing manufacturers to put French on packages, even if sold in Quebec. In fact, these are likely the same packages found in the US and most products likely imported from there.

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