A Visit to Nakusp and Edgewood (ca. 1939)

This video clip comprises edited excerpts from silent 16 mm film footage shot by Vancouver filmmaker Alfred E. Booth (1892-1977) of Travel Films.  In the 1930s and 1940s, Booth travelled extensively in the BC Interior, shooting footage of the various regions and communities, including their amenities, businesses, and people. This footage was for use in films promoting the communities as travel and commerce destinations. In most cases, the completed films have not survived; but some of the raw footage and out-takes are preserved at the BC Archives.

The Nakusp footage includes views of the main street and residents, the retired sternwheeler S.S. Bonnington, the cenotaph, the Arrow Lakes Hospital, and activity at a sawmill. At 3:15 in the clip, there is a brief sequence shot across the lake in Edgewood. It shows the Arrow Lake Hotel, Edgewood General Store, and residents at the lakeshore for the arrival of the S.S. Minto. The latter shot is very brief in the original, so I have “stretched” the shot (to render it in slow-motion), and concluded with a freeze-frame made from the last image.

The source film is the compilation reel [Kootenay-Boundary area] : [footage and out-takes], one of 39 film reels in the Alfred E. Booth fonds at the BC Archives.

For more examples of BC Interior and Vancouver footage shot by Alfred E. Booth, see the following blog posts:

Meeting the Minto at Edgewood on Upper Arrow Lake — the last frame of a very brief shot. (Digital frame grab from V1995:01/016.01 item #2)

2 thoughts on “A Visit to Nakusp and Edgewood (ca. 1939)

  1. Pingback: A Visit to Nelson (ca. 1939) | Seriously Moving Images

  2. Pingback: Salmo Celebrates! (1939) | Seriously Moving Images

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s