February 20, 2019 – “Corsages, Rosettes, and Ice Skating”

Hello, everyone!

Before discussing my progress with the Home Movie Collection, I am happy to report that I passed the Library of Congress Classification Test. Mr. Ogreten told me I only made one mistake (not the one that I thought I missed, though). Apparently, I placed a “QA” card in the middle of two “Q” cards and I am not sure how I made such a mistake. In any case, Mr. Ogreten felt satisfied enough to tell me that I should not have much difficulty with shelving the books in the stacks. Aside from my test results, the rest of my sift seemed pretty normal.

After plugging in the hard drive, I continued watching more video files from the Home Movie Collection. Unlike previous files, these final digitized reels did not feature any unique locales to report. The majority of the footage contained more birthdays, cookouts, Christmas celebrations, and other family gatherings from between the years 1958 and 1960. Among them included the sixtieth birthday of the matriarch (the grandmother) and the family pinned a corsage on her clothes.  I never really thought of such a gesture for my own mother and I wondered about the origins of the tradition.

Of course, every birthday includes some sort of dessert besides the birthday cake. An assortment of confectionary delights filled the same table as the birthday cake. One of them covered by powdered sugar looked familiar to me. Though I needed to remember the name of the special cookie, I recognized the delicious looking sweet as rosettes. Courtney told me she never heard of them before and after researching the origins of rosettes, I understood why. The origins of rosettes come from the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, and Finland and my ancestors come from those countries, so I unwittingly enjoyed a cultural tradition for a good portion of my childhood.

Another recurring trope throughout my viewing experience came in the form of identifying prominent vehicles. Two cars, in particular, caught my eye and I did my best to identify them. Certainly, I positively identified one of them as a 1955 Ford (the vehicle did not have a special name). While I identified the other as a Buick Super,  I do not know the production year of the vehicle (a 1953 Buick Super offers the best math, but I cannot be certain).

Finally, I observed a unique experience captured on film. The videographer filmed the children of the family learning how to ice skate. Still learning how to find their balance, the children occasionally fell down as they struggled. To give them credit, they did not quit and soon managed to move across the ice. Since I never learned how to ice skate myself, I appreciated their willingness to learn.

Eventually, my shift ended. I packed the hard drive and returned the materials to the stacks without issue. Afterward, I bid farewell to the staff present and left the office.

In review, I learned of my Library of Congress Classification Test results and finished watching another group of donated footage in the Home Movie Collection. All in all, a good day. Until Friday, 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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