Dec 1942 - Winter Street Scenes in Ottawa (speed corrected w/ added sound)

  • Published on Nov 22, 2018
  • Old film of Ottawa, Canada after a blizzard in late December (30-31?) 1942. Slowed down footage to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance. From the Library and Archives of Canada
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Comments • 159

  • guy jones
    guy jones  10 months ago +10

    • Johnny Hansen
      Johnny Hansen 10 months ago

      How about adding more synchronized sound effect LPs With Your silent home Movies?

    • Karli Fran
      Karli Fran 10 months ago +2

      This video is so awesome 👌

    • Susan Burch
      Susan Burch 10 months ago +3

      @guy jones I think it was because even though it was war and awful, the comeradry between them was enormous. They would likely never have that again. So I feel that they would be very sad to lose the closeness of the time.

    • guy jones
      guy jones  10 months ago +3

      I was looking forward to it and immediately watched it, of course! It was great stuff! I was shocked that some of the soldiers serving were sad that the war was over, that's just odd to process. The lip-reading/voices stuff is next level. However it's still a documentary so it's too bad lots of quick edits are used, some footage was just made like that, alot of it isn't though. I'd love to see professional production companies work on more old footage without the voiceovers! Some more non-war stuff

    • MVE
      MVE 10 months ago +4

      Guy, have you seen the Peter Jackson film about the First World War? He restored 1914-1918 footage: scanned the film, cleaned it up (removing scratches and dust), used AI to create intermediate frames of footage original shot at 14-18 frames per second to 24 fps, colorised and made it 3D using the latest technologies. Finally he added soundtracks and even speech using lipreaders and actors. The result is like bringing the distant WWI to the present. Wonder what you think about it.

  • Jesse Pinkman
    Jesse Pinkman Month ago

    I've seen similar streetcars at the museum west of Milton, ON. This is their website

  • Bryson Eyman
    Bryson Eyman Month ago

    Dumb question, but how is sound added to these?

  • George K
    George K Month ago +2

    At the same time, Goering's aircraft bombed England, and the Russians beat Hitler's troops in Stalingrad in severe frosts... And in the distant Canada peacefully and struggling only... with snow ))))
    But later they, too, will consider themselves winners!

  • xyman
    xyman 2 months ago

    Did cars have heaters back then?

  • Tech Central
    Tech Central 3 months ago

    Where in Ottawa

  • Richard Dio
    Richard Dio 5 months ago

    cars ran pretty dam good back then oh yea we complain about global warming..

  • Gabie Subscribe to Pewdipie

    Hahaha Nice

  • Nikitoslow
    Nikitoslow 6 months ago +2

    *В это время в Ленинграде люди под бомбежками немцев ели людей что бы выжить! \ At this time, in Leningrad, people under the bombing of the Germans ate people to survive!*

  • Patchwork Girl
    Patchwork Girl 6 months ago

    Love those hardy skiers going down the street!

  • Christine Guilbeault
    Christine Guilbeault 6 months ago

    Not that I want to give away my engineering ideas. Our up coming Otrain (confederation line) should have been built as a mono rail, suspended. No tracks to shovel, no one would be run over by a train. Above traffic so vehicles could still run unimpeeded. The only land to be taken up is were the supports have t be located. And on top of this beautiful mono rail, a beautiful bicycle path. Washrooms and vendors along the way at transit stops. Ottawa always picks the most expensive, highly potential to cost overages and time delays, projects they can think of. Image the views of the city riding that rail. No fumes or exhaust to control, no pumping stations running 24/7 to prevent flooding. Less crime because things are not hidden underground. As an ex-city of Ottawa employee, who worked in specialized transit for twenty years, they have reduced me to collecting a Social Services check.

  • Britt Pomales
    Britt Pomales 7 months ago

    They had break the ice in order to use the trolly wow

  • Britt Liz
    Britt Liz 7 months ago

    I feel so bad for the guys that have to shovel the road

  • Well Rounded
    Well Rounded 8 months ago

    Thanks guy for your great work! I would absolutely support your channel if I was not a broke mofo lol

  • theproplady
    theproplady 8 months ago +3

    Just chilling during a blizzard watching a blizzard that happened nearly 80 years ago... Nice job synching the sounds of the various machines/activities!

  • AndyT
    AndyT 8 months ago

    Why wouldn't they just use a snowplow?

    • Justin Hopper
      Justin Hopper Month ago

      They do. It’s at the end of the video.
      The snow has to be broken up first because it’s packed down from cars driving over it.

  • Catherine Laska
    Catherine Laska 8 months ago

    3:03 -- bilboard in the background for Sweet Caporal cigarettes and the Laurier Tea Room :)!

  • neil adlington
    neil adlington 9 months ago

    And then they discovered street-salt.

  • Sarah Gray
    Sarah Gray 9 months ago

    Some of these buildings are still standing and then as now winter weather wrecks havoc with public transportation. I think those two people you see skiing down the street have the right idea!

  • TrancetasticWilza
    TrancetasticWilza 9 months ago +2

    Very clever and realistic aound

  • Habke Nubai
    Habke Nubai 9 months ago

    Nice to see road worker safety conditions have improved lol.

  • SMT Mainline
    SMT Mainline 9 months ago

    The footage is so clear considering it's from 1942, thanks for posting, it's probably one of the best examples of the city during the winter back then.

  • 沈紹光
    沈紹光 9 months ago

    you almost can feel the hard snow shoveling,
    when ice melt and refilled tracks

  • concars1234
    concars1234 9 months ago +5

    If you look at around 1:55 there is an ad on the streetcar for "Duke Ellington and his famous orchestra" playing nearby. What a show that must have been whoa

  • Eriamjh 1138
    Eriamjh 1138 9 months ago

    How’s she going, eh?

  • Neil Roy
    Neil Roy 9 months ago

    Wow, thanks for preserving and sharing these. Definitely subscribing.

  • Doug Boulder
    Doug Boulder 9 months ago

    Really? Where in Ottawa was this ??

  • TannervYoung
    TannervYoung 9 months ago +2

    Thank you man, I mean guy!

  • Roberval Machado
    Roberval Machado 9 months ago

    Esses vídeos são sensacional maravilha incrível parabéns, obrigado, Brasil.

  • jw200
    jw200 9 months ago +1

    Just in shirts in winter?
    Noticed Shell gas station, Coca Cola sign, traffic lights

    • Alexandra Hill
      Alexandra Hill 18 days ago

      @jw200 they were tougher ppl than us, see the women in dresses and just tights, as opposed to what gear we would be donning to go walk around in those temperatures.

  • JP Stone
    JP Stone 9 months ago +2

    If one more person honks at me, I am going to quit shoveling!

  • Jasper C Debussy
    Jasper C Debussy 9 months ago +3

    No fleuro gear for the workers, no barricades or cones or slow down signs - great video, I can't imagine how cold it would be

  • Arthur Muhlig
    Arthur Muhlig 9 months ago +1

    that's when people knew what "Hard Work" actually was !!! today there are very few people, young people specifically that understand that concept

  • david scher
    david scher 10 months ago +2

    1:56 Duke Ellington

  • Brent Hill
    Brent Hill 10 months ago +5

    At. :046 I was just up from there at the corner of Bank and Catherine this morning.
    Just a few sprinkles of snow pellets and slightly above freezing.
    That train bridge became a freeway overpass in 1964.
    If the film is from the end of December its usually similar to this. Christmas is usually mild but New Years eve is often brutal.

  • mybluebelly
    mybluebelly 10 months ago

    Just passing by..

  • Old Heaven
    Old Heaven 10 months ago

    Amazing stereo sound recording at that time! I can hear different channels when vehicles passed by

  • libertyn jeopardy
    libertyn jeopardy 10 months ago +6

    Nothing has changed there are just more gays in Ottawa now and the govt workers are more lazy.

    • Tommy Landrix
      Tommy Landrix 4 months ago +1

      We are here, we are queer, and we are FABULOUS. #OttawaPride

  • Ian S
    Ian S 10 months ago

    They shoulda just poured 12282736261537271 tons of salt on the road, like we do now.

  • Peter Riley
    Peter Riley 10 months ago

    O C transpo. For ya ... shitty then shitty now!

  • bill harvey
    bill harvey 10 months ago

    Woulda been cool to see Duke

  • Michelle B
    Michelle B 10 months ago +2

    1:31 My father restored that model of truck to perfection by himself back in the late'70's. We took it out to shows in BC, Alberta and as far as California.

  • Jeopardy Professional
    Jeopardy Professional 10 months ago +2

    Crazy that everyone in this video is dead now

    • Daniel Millar
      Daniel Millar 9 months ago

      Jeopardy Professional
      So what you’re saying is you’re an asshole. Thanks for the clarification.
      By the way, shit-for-brains, 20 in 1943 means 95 today, lots of people here still going strong at that age. You’re already dead from the neck up, hopefully the rest will soon follow.

    • Jeopardy Professional
      Jeopardy Professional 9 months ago +1

      @Daniel Millar buddy there's no kids in the video every1 in this video is dead no matter how bad u don't wanna admit it 😆

    • Daniel Millar
      Daniel Millar 9 months ago

      Jeopardy Professional
      Not really, my mother and father, aunts, uncles, all around still, would have been children, young adults in 1943, and lived in that area!

  • Paula G Whyte
    Paula G Whyte 10 months ago +3

    Caplans was still around in the 1980s!

  • Robert Bryant Lock
    Robert Bryant Lock 10 months ago +1

    Neat footage.... seems bitter cold.

  • Larry The Roleplayer
    Larry The Roleplayer 10 months ago +1

    The foley work on this is amazing.

  • Richard T
    Richard T 10 months ago +1

    It was a shithole then and a shithole now..

  • l
    l 10 months ago

    Thanks for sharing these videos!!

  • Gil Favor
    Gil Favor 10 months ago

    i love old cars and sound....thx...greats from Austria👍👍👍

  • Оксана Д.
    Оксана Д. 10 months ago +3

    Странно, вроде бы сильный мороз, а люди одеты совсем легко, как теплой осенью

  • retroolschool
    retroolschool 10 months ago +4

    Outstanding thanks for posting!

  • Genderschism
    Genderschism 10 months ago +5

    Your work is so important to all of us! By that I mean people all over the world

  • simo bouila
    simo bouila 10 months ago +6

    I'm from morocco and i like so Much the old years in the world

    • Garry Thomas
      Garry Thomas 3 months ago +1

      I wonder when Moroccan video will surface...

  • Jason Ruspic
    Jason Ruspic 10 months ago

    Send me back here please !

  • farid mammadov
    farid mammadov 10 months ago +1

    OC transpo was not fun back then

    • Keith Stewart
      Keith Stewart 10 months ago

      Interestingly enough, the trams here would have been owned and operated by the Ottawa Electric Railway company (OER) which was incorporated in 1893, a private company operating under a franchise from the city. Some time between 1948 and 50, the city purchased the OER assets for 6.3 million dollars and formed the Ottawa Transportation Commission known also as The OTC. The electric trams (street cars) were replaced buses in the late 50's and the last tram ran on May 1st 1959. OC Transpo (Ottawa Carleton Transportation Commission) came into effect in 1973 when the responsibility for the service came under the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. The Regional Municipality is gone but the name is still here. Personally I am excited to see electric trains return to Ottawa (some day???)

  • Ctwentysevenj
    Ctwentysevenj 10 months ago

    Some very cold trams.

  • cluny
    cluny 10 months ago +1

    At the end you have two bulldozers moving the electric snowplow along. three blades available but the only snow getting moved is the men with pick axes.

    • Daniel Millar
      Daniel Millar 9 months ago +1

      Thats ice, plows cant dig it out of the tracks which are beneath the road surface, hence the men with pick axes chipping at the ice, shovels to find the tracks, the plows are merely pushing the derailed car . Fun times!
      I missed that winter by 13 years, but the landmarks are still there. That is the rail overpass on Bank Street that is now the Queensway, and later you see Patterson Creek and the apartments that are still there. My grandfathers were in Europe, both survived, thank God, one survived Dieppe, N. Africa and D-day landings. One grandmother was building aircraft in Mechanicsville while the other was in the middle of raising ten kids!
      I saw the last trip of the last streetcar, my dad was a photographer for the Ottawa Journal and we went to Britannia Park to see it retired - the station is still there too.
      There used to be a small section of track still visible in a parking lot between Queen and Laurier on Kent Street, the “barn” where the trains slept at night was in that area, but is long gone - not sure if the tracks are still visible.
      Can’t wait to show my parents this - my mother and her nine siblings lived not far from this location, they may even be in this film!
      Thanks to the poster for the beautiful restoration, great job!

  • cluny
    cluny 10 months ago

    never been there, but would have expected more text in French.

    • Kristen Chu
      Kristen Chu 10 months ago +2

      Only in the Quebec province are the signs and stuff in french text, even back in the 40s. Ottawa has always been pretty anglo since the British Empire had control over it; plus it was Queen Victoria's "choice" to make Ottawa the Canadian capital because of geo-political reasons more than anything else! Today, all the official government signs are written both in English and in French in Ottawa and a lot of people are bilingual, but there was a divide between the British and French owned areas back then and that's still an issue today. So yeah, don't come to Ottawa expecting the full franco-canadian experience, but luckily just across the river it's Quebec so you can go there to see stop signs written as "arrêt" haha

  • Keith Stewart
    Keith Stewart 10 months ago +13

    Thanks for this great video, it sure takes me back. I wasn't born until 1953 but remember the neighborhood well from the 60's when the winters were brutal as well. I could even see our old church at 600 bank street. Many of the beautiful buildings are still there. Well done!

  • Dave S
    Dave S 10 months ago

    No snow plows. Grrrr