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Switzerland - Land of Contrasts
Description: The Simplon Pass, constructed by engineer Nicolas Céard under direction from Napoleon, that connects Switzerland with Italy.
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Clip #: TFA-270A
Length: 11:56
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Subject: Country Road
Original: 16mm
1950s, Switzerland, Alps, Simplon Pass, parade, procession, portraits of Napoleon and engineer Nicolas Céard, map showing route from Paris to Milan passing through Geneva and Brig, illustrations of travelers on Simplon Pass, photographs of Simplon Tunnel construction, trains traveling through tunnel, Brig, Brig-Glis, Stockalper Palace, Brig-Simplon-Iselle diligence horse drawn coach transporting mail and passengers to upland villagers during winter closure of motor traffic, monument to Peruvian pilot Georges Chavez, goat licking salt from man’s hand, horse drawn sledge transporting passengers on snow covered mountain roads, snowplow clearing roads, Hospice du Simplon, cars driving on freshly snow plowed road leading to hospice, monks of St. Bernard, diligence departing hospice towards Iselle, skiing, diligence arriving at Simplon Village, men pushing horseless diligence into garage for storage during summer, Swiss postal bus exiting garage, cars and postal buses driving on winding pass roads, restaurant where Napoleon supposedly drank a glass of milk in 1807, mountain people working in agricultural fields using traditional methods, herds of grazing cattle and mountain goats wearing bells, people from cities traveling up to mountain top in summer to enjoy outdoors, Hotel Bellevue, woman feeding goat, visitors at mountain viewpoint, stone eagle by Erwin Friedrich Baumann

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