A wonderful journey to the 1950s – to Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago! It begins with sequences of police officers at the roadside and one of their colleagues who controls traffic at an intersection. Merchants with fruits, vegetables and all kinds of different things drive their wooden carts through the streets.
Place: Port of Spain /
Trinidad and Tobago
Film: Normal 8
Frame Rate: 18 Pictures/Sec.
Cutout: 6:16 Min.
Length Original: 8 Min.
Remarks: Slight Grain Reduction
The legendary Bonanza Store can be seen – as well as the Immaculite Conception Church and a large white mosque with its towers. Fantastic old cars drive through the picture, in between horse-drawn carriages, buses, small trucks, cyclists and women carrying baskets on their heads to the market square. A monument to explorer Christopher Columbus, the Residental Area, New Asumption Church, Caribbean Commission – the images provide a cross-section of important buildings in the city at the time. A postman on his bicycle laughs into the camera, followed by pictures of the Sr. Andres Golf Course as well as green hills and valleys.
The Maracas Bay and the beach were visited – as was the largest salmon tree in Trinidad and Tobago at the time. The church in Santa Cruz Valley, the Port of Spain Post Office, the Union Hotel, which was then only accessible to men, the Colonial Commission, Charlotte Amelie Street and Frederick Street. Marine Square, Botanical Gardens, a guard in front of Governor’s Palace, the library, the Queen Royal College, plus sensational street scenes from another time and world. This film is a pearl in terms of impressions of everyday life and life in the city.
The shots were taken in 1953 or 1954. It was not until 1962 that the city became the capital of Trinidad and Tobago as part of its independence from Great Britain. At that time the city had over 100,000 inhabitants. Since then, the population has decreased as residential areas have gradually been converted into commercial and industrial zones and settlement shifted to adjacent areas that are not formally part of the capital. Today the core area of Port of Spain has less than 40,000 inhabitants, but the metropolitan area has more than 500,000.