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Trans-Canada Airlines In the 1940s

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FROM AIR CANADA ARCHIVES: In the 1940s people travelled abroad by ship, and domestic travel was  either by bus or car, or rail. The concept of travelling by air was  new, and airlines in Canada (like elsewhere in the world) were  very much in their infancy. Trans-Canada Air Lines was created in 1937  by an act of Parliment, as the flag carrier to serve Canada, and the  airline operated a fleet of silver Lockeed 10As and Lodestars up until  Canadair Northstars were acquired in 1947. 
Very little footage exists within the Air Canada film archives from this era, but we were able to find two little gems that provide a snap-shot  picture of what air travel was like back in the day when when almost  nobody had travelled by air. The films talk about being "air-minded"  in the same context as being "open-minded" .. and it is interesting how a new  vernacular was created to promote the new method of transport by aeroplane.
The first film "Swift Family Robinson" was produced by TCA in 1943, when the  world was at war, and the economy was in a constrained state due to shortages  and the war effort. Although filmed in colour, the master prints are long  gone and we were able to digitize one of the two period distribution 16mm cine prints  that remain within the archive. This film charts a family's trans-Canada journey from Montreal to Vancouver via Lockheed Lodestar. (colour 31 min)
"A New Map for Canada" was produced by TCA in 1947 and explains how Canada's new airline was fostering  economic growth across the country during the 40s. We  used the camera original air-to-air 16mm footage of the  TCA Lodestar, DC-3 and Northstar which was re-mastered  into this film just for this DVD. It was very lucky that we were able to find the camera original  films for the aircraft sequences, but it might be noticeable that the image quality of the other  parts of the film is not as clear, reason being that the master print does not exist, and  we had to digitize a distribution print.  This film takes you across Canada by TCA Lodestar, and by  Canadair Northstar, which was brand new when this film was made. 
Please be aware that these films are presented for their historical importance, and not for their production values and/or image quality. These films are distribution copy prints  that were made 70 years ago, and the image and production quality is not the same as we  are used to today. In some of the films we experienced  film breaks, film warpage (which result in the film being unable to hold focus), broken film  sprockets, and blown out sound levels. So these films are by no means perfect. But we  believe their historic value over-rides their technical imperfections, and we present  them as a look back on a past era.


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