Everett White in the West
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Everett White was a prolific documentarian of the rails. In about 1940, he began traveling America and the world, capturing in still and moving pictures all manner of railroads, with an especially keen eye for electric lines.
Transit Gloria Mundi is proud to present the first collection of White's traction movies released on DVD. This premiere installment, Everett White in the West, covers the US from Chicago to the West Coast. The earliest footage, from 1940, includes cable cars in Seattle, and several San Francisco cable car lines no longer in operation. The most recent footage comes from the mid-1960s and includes the quirky Leonard's M&O subway in Ft. Worth. All the systems on this DVD are listed below. Several were even filmed in two different time periods.
Mr. White's movies come to us courtesy of Don Harold.
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Cedar Rapids & Iowa City
Charles City Western
Chicago, Aurora & Elgin
Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee
Chicago Rapid Transit
Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago, South Shore & South Bend
Dallas Railway & Terminal
Des Moines & Central Iowa
Des Moines Railway
El Paso City Lines
Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern
Illinois Terminal Railroad Co.
Kansas City Public Service Co.
Leonard's M&O Subway (Ft. Worth)
Los Angeles Railway Co.
Milwaukee Electric Railway
New Orleans Public Service
Oklahoma Railway Co.
Phoenix Street Railway
Salt Lake, Garfield & Western
San Diego Electric Railway
San Francisco: Cal Cable
Market Street Railway
Sand Springs Railway
Seattle Municipal Street Railway
St. Louis Public Service
Union Traction Co.
Utah Power and Light (Salt Lake City)
Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern
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Everett White in the West
Jeffrey Ornstein on 2009-10-24 14:48:34.
People who found this review helpful: 14
Any vintage traction enthusiast should put this video at the top of their list of videos to buy. It is pure eye-candy for the trolley/traction/transit buff. Dozens of systems are highlighted in this program of films shot by Everett White in the Western United States during the 1940's. The program travels geographically, from East (Chicago is the starting point) to California. At the beginning of every segment, you see a map of the USA, and it zooms in on the specific system of the segment. There are no trolley sounds; it is all narration set to jazz or classical music. It's mostly color but some black & white scenes are part of the presentation. What makes this program special is the sheer variety of systems and cars, some of which rarely, if ever, have appeared in video. Some of the earlier video is grainy, but TGM has done a good job utilizing digital technology in smoothing and sharpening these old films. According to TGM, this is only the first installment of Everett White's films, and I certainly look forward to future videos of this photographer's work.
Additional remarks by Jeffrey Ornstein:
Narration: A little bit too much.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.