From the Orillia Packet & Times, in Orillia, Ontario:
In Jack Grant’s extraordinary home movies, Orillia of the 1920s bursts into life – a biplane buzzing the Champlain monument, circus elephants and monkeys parading up Mississaga Street, and men in knickerbockers and high boots competing in wild log-rolling contests on Lake Couchiching.
“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a film is worth a million,” said Anita Miles, collections manager with the Orillia Museum of Art and History. “To have footage like this from the 1920s is mind-boggling.”
In 2003, almost 50 of Grant’s 16-millimetre films from the 1920s to the 1950s were donated to the museum. Recently, the movies were transposed to a digital format to create a 3 1/2-hour DVD called “Grant’s Films: A Film Diary of Orillia, 1928 to 1954.”