Vincent’s Victoria Urban Miscellany — April 7, 2013

An occasional miscellany, including an early Victoria-Vancouver Travel Film, The Journal of Urban History on Urban Renewal, and an update about Vincent’s Victoria Walking Tours.

  • Gordon Price draws our attention to a 1935 MGM Travel Talks short movie narrated by James A. Fitzpatrick, “The Voice of the Globe.” Features include:
    • shots of Victoria’s “picturesque” harbour;
    • the Empress Hotel and the Legislature;
    • streets “not unlike many we have seen in the British Isles,” including an English style bobby operating a hand-levered traffic control device;
    • Butchart Gardens hosting a group of folk dancers from “Bonnie Scotland”;
    • an unintentionally racist description of RCMP treatment of First Nations people;
    • and a disproportionate amount of time spent focusing on Vancouver, including a comic misplacement of Stanley Park “in the centre of the city.”
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