To supplement his modest church stipend, The Rev. Massecar filmed people from the small towns, returned to screen the films at town halls and community centres, and invited the "stars" to attend for a modest admission price.
The Rev. Massecar concentrated mostly on faces, but in between glimpses can be seen of streets and shops and old cars and trucks, and even horse-pulled wagons. In the years after these films were made, life in small town Ontario changed inalterably as a result of the onslaught of mass suburbanization, as young men and women moved away from their birthplaces for jobs in larger urban centres, leaving many of the towns to decline or to be swallowed by bigger neighbouring cities.
The films were donated to Western Archives by Roy's wife, Marion Massecar, in 2005. Since then, the films have been converted to DVD format and are now available to order.