April 5, 2019 – “Revisiting Familiar Places”

Hello, everyone!

I apologize for the late entry, some unrelated events demanded my attention. Nevertheless, I intend to fulfill the daily report of today’s events. Among the first items to address includes the fact I did not succeed in completing the current set of films in the Home Movie Collection I am working on. Documenting the actions of those depicted in films takes time. However, the family in the films visited very familiar places such as St. Augustine and Walt Disney World.

After plugging in the Home Movie Collection, I resumed my progress. Again, the vast majority of the films centered on family-oriented events such as birthdays, Christmas celebrations, and Thanksgiving dinners. The date range of the films viewed started from 1973 to 1988 and I saw the family at various stages of life – particularly the growth of their children. Breaking from these otherwise great moments in a family’s past, the family made exceptions as the visited place now familiar to me due to the Home Movie Collection.

The vacationing family of five made a few clips of their St. Augustine visit. In those clips, they took a tour service around the city, passed the Bridge of Lions (much like the previous family I observed), and got footage of the Castillo de San Marcos. While I am slightly disappointed that they did not capture what other sites the city offered, they did film more than the previous family. The other major (if not the biggest) location the family visited happened to none other than Walt Disney World.

To be clear, this particular of a trip to Walt Disney World did not come from the same one as the first clip I reviewed. The first one came in the late 1980s, this one comes from 1973 (no children from the ages four to fifteen). The family started their Disney visit with the Disney monorail station and spent more time filming Main Street USA. Eventually, the family visited the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse (based on the set of the set from the 1960 Disney film) and filmed themselves walking through the various levels of the tree house. Finally, the videographer filmed a real short clip of one of the elephants from the Jungle Cruise (not sure exactly why).

As these familiar locations resurfaced in these films, so did a method of mine that I previously did not to use until now. In one of the films from 1973, two men from the family examined a car quite extensively. When situations like this, they leave me little choice other than to do some research. What followed frustrated me as I began an extensive search for this car’s identity.

I took a screenshot of the back of the car (the footage did not include anything regarding the front of the car) and uploaded it to Bing and Yandex (Google’s Image Search remains at such of a basic level that it identifies the object in the image as a car, just not the type of car). While Bing’s results did not help, the exact car rear style came up in Yandex’s results. I saved that image and uploaded it to Bing find out the car’s identity: a 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme!

Not long after, I completed this compilation of films. I reported to Mr. Ogreten of my progress and the discoveries I made along the way. Afterward, I saved my work, packed the hard drive, and returned all related materials back to the stacks. Once secured, I bid the staff farewell and left for the day.

In review, I filled in more information for the Home Movie Collection guide while watching a family visit sites I am already familiar with due to other families’ films. On Monday, the cycle begins again. Until then, enjoy the weekend 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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