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Paul Tomkowicz: Street-railway Switchman ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523599
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Roman Kroitor, Tom Daly
Directors:  Roman Kroitor
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Ottawa), Office national du film du Canada (Ottawa)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Diversity, Documentary, Social Studies, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1954
Running Time:  9:12


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In winter the rail-switches on streetcar tracks in Winnipeg froze and jammed with freezing mud and snow. Keeping them clean, whatever the weather, was the job of the switchman. In this film about a bygone era, Paul Tomkowicz, Polish-born Canadian, talks about his job and his life in Canada. He compares his new life in the city of Winnipeg to the life he knew in Poland, marvelling at the sort of liberty Canadians enjoy.


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