January 23, 2019 – “Venice, West German Mules, and Hackettstown, New Jersey”

Hello, everyone!

Before describing the events of today, there is an update that needs to be addressed. In yesterday’s post, I noted that I mistakenly sent the wrong image of the unknown monument for me to use. I have since corrected this mistake by adding the image depicting the top of the monument as well as revised the text to reflect the new change. Hopefully, someone can identify the monument since I have provided its full length. With this readjustment addressed, the can proceed without further delay.

After connecting the Home Movie Collection hard drive and preparing to resume reviewing its content, I discovered that I made a mistake. I accidentally wrote the description of RM_80 in RM_77’s place. I did not notice this until I examined RM_80’s records and opened RM_77’s video file (I thought the two files contained the same footage and checked to be sure). A simple copy-and-paste resolved some of the issues, but I had to watch all of RM_77 and take notes to make up for my blunder.

Fortunately, similar incidents did not occur. RM_81 contained two graduation ceremonies and the records noted the previous label as “GSA Graduations, Hacket-Town, NJ, 1970-1971.” The ceremonies were similar to a previously reviewed film (slow procession of graduates towards the stage, graduates pinning either a boutonnière or a corsage on their parents, etc.)  and I thought that this was the same school. From my research, Hackettstown High School is the prime high school in Hackettstown, New Jersey. As such, the initials “GSA” could refer to an institution or someone and I am not sure which.

In any case, I managed to see a familiar couple among the graduates. I have seen their marriage ceremony on one of the other films, so it was nice to note that the archives had some of their major life events digitized. Unfortunately, I do not know their names.

RM_81’s footage contains footage of Miriam Rowe’s family trip to Germany in 1971. They visited family living in the country and captured their sights and tours of the Alps, Bavarian castles, boat tours and the like.  They did not just stay in Germany, though. A small station with the word “Randa” signified that family possibly visited Randa, Switzerland as well. The unquestionable part of their trip was their visit to Venice, Italy.

As someone who played the Assassin’s Creed games, I recognized the Venetian landmarks the family visited. Sites like the Palazzo Ducale, Piazza di San Marco, and Basilica di San Marco highlighted the Venetian experience. Of course, the videographer filmed their trip through the city on the gondolas (a must for any visitors to the city). The bustling city seemed to always have people filing through its streets. Their return trip had some interesting features as well.

Because the footage is from the 1970s, anyone reviewing the films must keep the idea that the Cold War was still being conducted. An unusual sight of West German soldiers walking down the road and ecorting mules probably was not that unusual during that era. Probably the most unusual part of it was the fact their heads were not shaved. I am not sure about West German regulations, but hair as long as theirs would certainly not be tolerated in the American Armed Forces.

Eventually, time came for my departure. I finished noting RM_82, saved my work, ejected and unplugged the hard drive, packed everything into their appropriate box and returned everything to the stacks. After which, I bid farewell to the remaining staff and left for the day.

In review, corrections in my notes of the Home Movie Collection were made and more films were reviewed. Tomorrow, I might finish Miriam Rowe’s films and move on to the next batch. Until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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