Sunday, May 30, 2010

Baja California in 1949

This is an interesting old movie of what Baja California looked like in 1949. It was made by Silas Johnson, who was a sailing mentor to our good friends in San Diego. It is a gem both because of the rare footage and the post-war style. The introduction at the film archive says:

Johnson is another "lost filmmaker", who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
These spots are familiar to cruisers and Baja HaHa participants.  A larger version can be found here at the Academic Film Archive of North America.

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