Welcome to November, and to – get ready for it – the return of Film Friday! Yes, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming here on PEI History Guy dot com. I don’t know about you, but I am all-caps EXCITED! So excited, in fact, that I could hardly sleep last night (I actually slept quite well, to be honest. Very soundly. Like a log. A funny saying, that). To date, I’ve been providing the content for these posts, but as I’ve said before, I’m more than open to collaboration, so if you’ve got some vintage film footage tucked away somewhere, I encourage you to send it along.
As it happens, today’s film selection comes to you by way of Derek MacEwen of Stratford. It isn’t actually his, but one he shared the other day on Twitter (thanks for doing all the heavy lifting on this one, Derek). I watched it, liked what I saw, and thought I’d pass it along. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 1974, directed by Brian Pollard, and narrated by everyone’s favourite Island guide to ‘them times’, David Weale, it charts the history of Prince Edward Island through its primary industries (shipbuilding, fishing, and agriculture), in addition to such topics as education, politics, military, and of course the railroad. Relying mainly on black-and-white photographs culled from a variety of collections, as well as a number of engravings taken from Meacham’s 1880 Illustrated Historical Atlas (of PEI), it also features personal memories of Islanders who experienced the turn of the 20th century (lucky sons of guns). You’re looking at a run time of just over 19 minutes with this one, which I think pairs quite nicely with coffee or tea or, if you’re coming to this at a later hour, a nice glass of whiskey. Just sayin’…
Anyway, whenever and with whatever you choose to watch it, enjoy the show!
PEI History Guy
P.S. – So I looked it up, because I couldn’t help myself. As it turns out, “to sleep like a log” refers either to the general immobility of a log, or to the similarity of the sound of snoring to the sound of sawing; however, its first incarnation, “to sleep like a top”, dates back to at least 1693, and may refer to the apparent immobility of a top’s axis whilst spinning. Huh – the more you know…