Vintage Venezia

I found this video on YouTube the other day. It is a recent posting of a documentary from 1940 or so the explanation says. Don’t worry if you can’t read Italian….you don’t need it. It is of course black and white. Amazingly it has no hint of the war that was raging around them.

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About mvaden1948

I love to travel to Venice (and probably other parts of Italy and beyond) and my camera leads me where she wants without any consideration as to whatever plans I may have. I enjoy photographing nature, my cat and anything that strikes my fancy. I have a "thing" for interesting doors and architectural details.
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10 Responses to Vintage Venezia

  1. Thank you so much. It was sublime.

  2. Yvonne says:

    It’s rather special.

  3. gooddayrome says:

    I loved the little kids in their uniforms, especially the orderly little girls escorted by nuns. So different today! Provisioning the city by boat is, of course, still the way it is done today. In 7 visits to Venezia I never get tired of watching how the city works, from cargo boats to strong young men manhandling carts up and over the Rialto Bridge. So serene, too, in that time before the tourist hordes arrived. Thanks for sharing!

    • mvaden1948 says:

      Sometimes I just need a little dose of Venice so I search YouTube for “Venice, Italy”….if I don’t include Italy I end up with Venice Beach in California and a totally different type of video.
      I, too, was taken by the nuns and the orderly little girls. It reminded me of my own girlhood in the 1950’s. I don’t think you can really get kids to line up like that anymore.
      I take pictures of the things like the delivery boats. When I was leaving for Marco Polo in 2012 the water taxi was a little late at the spot to pick me up and the garbage boat was in the way so the driver backed up alongside the boat that was delivering groceries to Punto and the two delivery men took my bags and put them in the water taxi then guided me across their boat and into the water taxi….both of them holding onto me very carefully to make sure I didn’t slip on the early morning frost. I have fond memories of delivery boats in Venice.
      I don’t think that people realize that garbage is picked up every morning (except Sunday and holidays) by men with handcarts who haul it over bridges and load it on boats where it is compacted and then hauled to the “dump/tip” on the mainland. It is indeed a labor intense process. One of the reasons I don’t complain about the prices of goods in Venice.

      • gooddayrome says:

        We take a wake-up walk almost every morning we are in Venezia! Up and out by 6:45, before showers, a long walk to see the city being prepared for the day and to grab a coffee at a bar that is open early for the workers.

        As to lining up: Italians cannot form a queue, at least no one in Roma can!

  4. mvaden1948 says:

    I don’t think even the nuns can make orderly queues anymore!

  5. Ahhhh, beautiful Venice! We can never get enough!!

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