January 29, 2019 – “Ado, Adieu”

Hello, everyone!

The day finally came to bid adieu to the memories captured on film,  donated by Miriam Rowe. With 96 reels donated, her contribution took a massive undertaking to review through. The journey through them featured the daily life of the family, important life events (weddings, graduations, etc.), and iconic, historic events the family participated in (the 1964 New York World’s Fair). Even as I watched the final films, I learned new information about the different subjects the family captured.

The reels reviewed were RM_95 (divided into two parts) and RM_96 (also divided into two parts).  Fortunately, the subject manner remained largely: another trip to Germany with a bit of a journey to Switzerland. While indeed the Rowes visited their German relatives, this batch featured much more footage of the family enjoying the scenic sites Germany offered. Panoramic views of dams, rivers, hillsides, valleys, and especially mountains littered the frames of the films. Fortunately, not all of the footage only contained those sites.

The villages of Switzerland and then West Germany gave some scenes of the family interacting with the locals. An abundant amount of evidence (mostly sheep) made realize that these Alpine villages maintained an agricultural presence in their cultural structure. Among them, one of the more enduring, recognizable symbol of the Alpine culture was filmed by the Rowes: the alpenhorn! This unique instrument might seem familiar to those who saw a string of Ricola commercials from the late 1990s.

Another unique feature to the Alps captured on film by the Rowes was a small group ibex. The ibex is a type of mountain goat that traverse the almost treacherous mountainous terrain with almost little to no effort. The male ibex have two long, curved horns with a bumpy, ridged surface. As evident by the horns, the ibex featured in the film were males.

Perhaps the most intriguing visit depicted in the film’s many locales involves a cathedral. Obviously, the artistically constructed cathedrals across Europe are going to attract tourists. The focus on the different features of the cathedral made me realize that this cathedral provided an extra narrative in the building’s history: the visible damage seen on the cathedral came from the Second World War!  Under this notion, I searched for the matching candidate to identify the structure.

At first, I thought the cathedral was the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. This church remained in my mind as an example of a structure devasted from the conflict. Reason being as it was included  in the Berlin level in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 (which I played a lot during high school). Upon reviewing of the architecture of the two buildings, I realized the cathedral in the film was not this church. The cathedral proved to be the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Cologne, which revealed Cologne as one of the film locations.

While learning and watching these interesting moments play out, my wellness declined. Fortunately, my condition did not get worse until after my shift. Still, I managed to finish all of Miriam Rowe’s film files by the end of the day. After packing and returning all the Home Movie Collection materials to the stacks, I bid farewell to the staff before departing for the day.

In review, I finished reviewing the Miriam Rowe films. Tomorrow, I move onto a new batch of films (and hopefully my sickness goes away). 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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