My experience with the Home Movie Collection this week produced mixed results. Continuing a disturbing trend, I encountered my landmarks and locations not easily identified such as farms, mills, or a building bearing the Edison name. In fact, even when the footage provided the name of the building (like the Clinton Inn), locating said building seemed impossible! To be fair, the family other filmed landmarks with proper identification such as the Wright Bicycle Shop in Dayton, Ohio. The following today’s report explains these lamentations in greater detail.
As I continued watching the Home Movie Collection’s contents, I saw the usual types of events to be expected in home movies: weddings, birthdays, graduations, etc. Unless some label told otherwise, I understandably did not expect to know the location of the scenes filmed (footage filmed in private homes, for example). The same cannot be said for public places.
For example, the family visited the Wright Bicycle Shop in Dayton, Ohio. In the very next scene, they seemed to visit a farm of some sort. I did not know if this farm related to the Wright brothers at or if the family just happened to visit a random farm. The notes did not give me any context at all and there did not seem to be any markers or indicators of any kind to help identify the family’s location.
A similar problem occurred when the family visited a mill of some sort. Sure, the film depicted some signs for visitors and the mill happened to be near a waterfront as a cargo ship docked in its harbor. Despite this, the notes did not help and and Google Images proved its uselessness. I made a screencap of the mill and used Google Images as attempt to identify it. Unfortunately, Google Image consistently fails me and this search continued that as it identified the image as a windmill (not even close!).
Even when a clear name presents itself, the search leads to a dead end. When the film panned to reveal a building with “Clinton Inn” labeled on it, I foolishly thought this clue would be of use to me. I thought wrong. The results from the term “Clinton Inn” in search engines did not provide the match I desired. Defeated, I simply wrote the name of the building in the notes without any context around it (something I hate very much).
After reviweing another wedding film (interestingly, the wedding featured two sets of brides and grooms. A double wedding), my shift came to an end. I saved my work, packed the hard drive, and returned everything back to the stacks. Afterward, I bid the staff farewell before leaving for the day.
In review, my reasearch efforts led me to loose threads and dead ends. Tomorrow, I aim to finish the last batch films from this particular donor. Until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe. Bye!