Weekly Review: May 28 – May 31, 2019

Hello, everyone!

The week of May 28 through May 31, 2019, proved productive. Despite the Memorial Day break on Monday, I worked on the Home Movie Collection for the rest of the week. As such, the rewards of my efforts included reducing the number of sets of films to review down to two! Also, Memorial Day halved my office responsibilities and I did not engage in any ARC-related activities. In short, this week seemed simplistic.

The first set of films I reviewed contained footage of a family visiting a swimming pool, as well members of the extended family standing outside near their green 1956 Buick (I tried to identify the model and failed due my own inability to differentiate the car’s similarities to the Special or the Riviera). The family also filmed a visit to Cypress Gardens, which looked gorgeous and particularly busy with visitors enjoying the sights. Aside from reviewing more footage from the family’s urban environment, I discovered the footage from Reel Two and Real Three contained the same, if not similar, footage.

The footage contained the family’s visit to a chicken farm, a barbeque in perhaps Miami, a zoo (featuring horse-back riding, more chickens, tortoises, calves, camels, flamingos and crowned cranes), and observing the S.S. Fairland docked. Other slice of life moments include a wedding, a visit to a lake, family picnics, enjoying themselves at a shooting range, a stock car race, and a car show. While nice, I expected more places of interest this family visited. luckily, the next batch did not disappoint.

In the next batch films, the person who filmed at the Busch Gardens at Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, made sure they filmed a lot of birds there. This does not surprise me as the park sort of became a bird sanctuary as an attempt to reboot the look and feel of the park. Sadly, this attempt did not work and the park closed down after eleven years of operation in 1979.

In the next set of films, more slice of life materials surfaced: footage of the family’s young children playing, footage from around the town they lived in, or going to the beach. The descriptions do not justify the quality. The seemed to originate from the 1920s or 1930s as all of that footage came in black and white. The footage also revealed Valley Line Steamers and Lee Line steamboats docking to pick up cotton, which African American sharecroppers brought in to be shipped. Other images captured included scenes of devastated buildings near this family’s crops (a very sad sight to see that left me wondering what exactly happened there).

The current batch I am currently reviewing brought some interesting experiences with their footage. The family visited Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where the children gleeful  rode the swan boats Wonderland’s designated pond. They also visited places like Martha’s Vineyard, Daytona Beach, and St. Augustine.

During the review of St. Augustine, I tried identifying a certain building that the label said “St. Augustine and Gardens.”  I used Google Maps to see if the building appeared along the coast (the building looked like it sat near a water front), only to fail in locating said building). After an hour of making screenshots of the building and using Bing’s and Yandex’s respective image searches, I discovered that this building did not sit St. Augustine: the building happened to be one I covered here in this blog: the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida (I am embarrassed that I did not recognize the build at first as I previously discussed the history of the building in a blog post).

Aside from reviewing these interesting  films, I performed my office responsibilities without difficulties. To my surprise, someone donated the Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia to Special Collections. Before I shelved it, I examined it to see how “complete” the book says it is. The book set’s publication occurred before the release of the sequel trilogy, Rogue One, and Solo, so its information suffers from being out-of- date, unfortunately. Still, a very surprising addition to the Special Collections.

In review, I managed to reduce the number of sets of film down two, wasted an hour hunting for the location of a building I ironically covered in a previous blog entry, and shelved the “Complete” Star Wars Encyclopedia Boxset into the Special Collections Next week, I may be able to finishing reviewing all the footage in the Home Movie Collection. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the rest of the day! 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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