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Came across this beauty from the National Film & Sound Archive while researching something else. First 40 seconds will give us all a glimpse of past glories. 

I was lucky enough as a young kid to be there and in those days took premierships for granted. How times have changed.

The rest of the promotional film is well worth watching if you'd like to time-warp back to the sixties in Melbourne.

https://youtu.be/TC7D5T_m_-k

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1 hour ago, maximum bob said:

Came across this beauty from the National Film & Sound Archive while researching something else. First 40 seconds will give us all a glimpse of past glories. 

I was lucky enough as a young kid to be there and in those days took premierships for granted. How times have changed.

The rest of the promotional film is well worth watching if you'd like to time-warp back to the sixties in Melbourne.

https://youtu.be/TC7D5T_m_-k

Just loved the glimpse of the past. When Melbourne was regarded as the end of the world, it was the greatest place in which to live and grow. It had everything, including a Vic Market mafia. Wonderful memories and very well scripted in terms of inclusions to the film. Thank you, MB - a great reflection. (Just loved Hassa's goal at the start of the film, he could play football!)

 

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Good to see again and the banners that we made. Oh for those days again - and the umpires umpired to the rules not interpretations.

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What a magnificent jumper we had at the time in the 60s .  No logos. 

The sponsorship logos now spoil the look of our great jumper. What a shame ! . 

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You could write a phd thesis based on that video

In 1963 my family moved to the UK for two years. We lived in a middle class town about fifty miles from London. We were the only people in our street to have a refrigerator or a washing machine.Australia must have seemed like the land of milk and honey to so many.

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The NFSA is a fantastic place. I went in there a few times to do a job. Flinders Street with the Head Office in Canberra 

That Demon footage looked superb, but the whole doco is wonderful 

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21 hours ago, maximum bob said:

Came across this beauty from the National Film & Sound Archive while researching something else. First 40 seconds will give us all a glimpse of past glories. 

I was lucky enough as a young kid to be there and in those days took premierships for granted. How times have changed.

The rest of the promotional film is well worth watching if you'd like to time-warp back to the sixties in Melbourne.

https://youtu.be/TC7D5T_m_-k

I literally came across this last night I couldn't get over the quality of some of the footage. As a kid all I had was those 60 seconds of black and white newsreel footage of the 64 grand final to go by for past MFC glory but this stuff is a beauty!

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55 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

The NFSA is a fantastic place. I went in there a few times to do a job. Flinders Street with the Head Office in Canberra 

That Demon footage looked superb, but the whole doco is wonderful 

It was great to not have some asinine voice over intruding.

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57 minutes ago, Bitter but optimistic said:

I think @old deewas in that shot near Flinders Street Station. Probably just left Young and Jackson's !

Was Chloe in the blokes only public bar? Foster's lager I can almost taste it now...

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11 hours ago, General Malaise said:

How did they get those Iso street shots, 2:18 - 2:43?

54 years before the fact.

....after 6pm.  No pubs open.  No restaurants. No late night trading after 6pm.  No reason for anyone to be in the city...( same as today!).

Note the traffic lights on flash.  There was no traffic so they switched to that mode, all you had to do was travel slowly and give way.

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Wow - That bought back some great memories, I was working in Melbourne in 1962 - 63 as a Junior Booking Clerk at Flinders St station (Vic rail), so some of those memories were very relevant and yes the empty streets after 6:00 PM are very close to the mark with our Covid-19 times now. How clean was our city and how smart did we look. I lived in Mont Albert at a boarding house and travelled in and out by train, No Graffittee no feet on seats but you could smoke on the trains!!

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DeeZone shall defer to your re-collections of that era! There may be an alternative universe 'sliding door' moment hidden in there somewhere. Ronald Dale misses the Route 19 Swanston Street tram to Princess Park and than instead purchases a train ticket to Westgarth Station. He walks down a familiar inner Melbourne suburban street and enters a single fronted terrace. He rings the doorbell and is greeted by a familiar face. Over a cold  fosters lager (it is now cricket season)...he confides that he conflicted about his footy future. By the end of the evening "the magician" (stage name Reynard Rouge), has weaved his spell... the rest is 'history', les diables continue to dominate the competition for decades to come...

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4 hours ago, george_on_the_outer said:

....after 6pm.  No pubs open.  No restaurants. No late night trading after 6pm.  No reason for anyone to be in the city...( same as today!).

Note the traffic lights on flash.  There was no traffic so they switched to that mode, all you had to do was travel slowly and give way.

So much like the past 6 months in 2020?

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Can anybody put a date to the Melbourne v Collingwood game?  It obviously isn't 1966 when the film was made, as Barassi, Lord, Adams are playing...so that places it perhaps in 1964?  It doesn't look like the grandfinal to me....

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Watching the first 20 seconds or so of the game gives me some idea why the northern states used to describe the game as "aerial ping pong".

I haven't had time to watch the whole thing, but I'll bet everyone who saw the footage of the Southern Cross Hotel at the 50 second mark immediately remembered one thing...the visit of The Beatles to Melbourne. 

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1 hour ago, george_on_the_outer said:

Can anybody put a date to the Melbourne v Collingwood game?  It obviously isn't 1966 when the film was made, as Barassi, Lord, Adams are playing...so that places it perhaps in 1964?  It doesn't look like the grandfinal to me....

there sure is a big crowd for a home & away match so I expect it was 1964 GF (or did we play C'wood twice in those finals?)

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1 hour ago, george_on_the_outer said:

Can anybody put a date to the Melbourne v Collingwood game?  It obviously isn't 1966 when the film was made, as Barassi, Lord, Adams are playing...so that places it perhaps in 1964?  It doesn't look like the grandfinal to me....

Some of the footage predates 1966 definitely. Looking at the cars on the road the most "modern car"I noticed was the 1962 Falcon. I could not see one 1964 Holden which was an extremely popular model.

Queens Birthday games were of course also enormously popular and had crowds rivalling the grand final.

The chicken scene would have been the Myer food hall in the Lonsdale Street store

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It's definitely 1964 footy.

We played Collingwood twice. 2nd semi-final Demons134 def Pies 45. Attendance 93,010.

Grand Final Demons 64 def Pies 60. Attendance 102,471.

I'm leaning towards the semi although as a 13 year old at the time it's a hazy memory. 

Some of the other footage may well pre-date 1964 or be a year or so later.

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