February 27, 2019 – “New Zealand Boiling Water”

Hello, everyone!

As I continued to review more home movies, the more I became accustomed to seeing common, relatable images. Birthday parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas celebrations, weddings, and graduations comprise the majority of the kinds of events filmed in the home movies and understandably so. Once in a while, the families depicted vacation to various locations. Some even visit the same location!

After setting the Home Movie Collection in place, I prepared myself to finish another donor’s contributions to the overall collection. Once again, the series of films began with a Christmas party from 1958. As expected, the children opened their gifts and played with their toys, the adults raised glasses for a toast, and everyone enjoyed a large Christmas dinner. The feasting did not end there as the next footage came from November 24, 1960, and the family ate a large Thanksgiving meal.

This family in particular (or at least the family’s adults) did depart on a rather interesting vacation. They managed to visit Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, New Zealand. Surrounded by boiling, acidic water, the Waimangu Cauldron (formerly known as the Frying Pan Lake) remains one of the largest hot springs in the world. Word of caution: do not try to use it as a spa! With the average water temperature at 50–60 degrees Celsius (or 122–140 degrees Fahrenheit), a dip in the water is enough to boil a human alive!

While watching the footage of the flowing Waimangu Stream, I corrected a mistake left behind by my predecessors. In the notes, my predecessors wrote a note regarding Cathedral Rock in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest. As the footage approached the supposed transition for the scenery to feature familiar Arizona geological structures, a sign appeared in the Waimangu footage that said Cathedral Rock. Apparently,  Volcanic Rift Valley contains a rock formation called Cathedral Rock (formerly Gibraltar Rock, which became severely altered from the 1917 Echo Crater eruption). Upon learning of this discrepancy, I corrected the mistake.

After footage of the New Zealand trip ended, the next place of interest seemed very familiar. Reappearing for the second time in the Home Movie Collection, Miami’s Parrot Jungle brought much of the same routines I wrote of in an earlier entry like the parrot shows. Interestingly, this particular family filmed a flamingo routine. A trainer continuously directed a flock of flamingos in various formations including low-flight, barely above the ground. No doubt, a very impressive display.

Not long after, I finished that group of films. The next donor’s contributions contained a short that reminded me of Barron Richter’s. It seemed that the “director” wanted to make thriller featuring a psychopath in a junkyard. The “short film” had a blatant flaw: multiple takes of the same shot of the psychopath driving into the junkyard.  I thought the character kept driving to different junkyards until I noticed similarities between the shots.

Eventually, my shift ended. I saved my worked, packed the hard drive, and returned all materials to the stacks. Afterward, I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, I finished one donor’s contributions to the Home Movie Collection and began another donor’s. On Friday,  I resume watching this batch of films. Until then, keep safe and look forward to Friday’s post. 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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