Video: Ibiza – La Isla Blanca

April 7, 2011

This is taken wholesale from a chap called icebaer69 over at the Spotlight Ibiza Forums so thanks to him.

On 26th October 1947 two producers arrived on the steam ship, Ciudad de Mahon, to capture scenes of local life for the news programme, NO-DO, which was shown in cinemas before the main feature film in those days. The ten minute video, entitled Ibiza, Isla Blanca (White Island) has now been posted on YouTube.

The commentary tells of the temperate climate which allows for year-round tourism, far from the problems experienced in this day and age, where the summer season barely lasts four months. It goes on to say that the salt pans formed an important source of income for the islanders, production which exceeded 120,000 tons annually, compared with the 40,000 tons collected this year.

More than 60 years ago almonds and carob beans were harvested and exported, whereas now they are often left to rot on the trees. Special mention was made of the religiousness of the inhabitants, and several scenes were shown depicting people in the clothes of yesteryear and dancing the typical bal pagés.

A wedding in San Miguel is shown, as is Vara de Rey in Ibiza Town, before it was paved, and an anti-aircraft refuge can be seen in the background. It took two weeks to film all over the island, which was then condensed into ten minutes. Those were the days!”

[Apiento]

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