Weekly Review: July 1 – 5, 2019

Hello, everyone!

As another week concludes, my work with the Home Movie Collection took an unexpected turn. I discovered that wires for the AC adapter for the hard drive storing the collection video files have been severed. Of course, I reported the unfortunate circumstances to Mr. Ogreten and, in turn, he informed Mr. Benjamin. While the hunt to find a suitable replacement continues, I continued reviewing the films in the collection using the back-up discs of the video files. This setback did not stunt my progress nor did the change in a format change the fundamental problems associated with the collection’s guide.

Once again, I encountered misnomers and misidentified locales described in the collection guide. The guide noted that the donor family went to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.  I prepared myself to watch footage of the theme park approximately close to the date of its opening (March 31, 1959) or in the 1960s. As I watched more of the footage, the layout of the park shown in the footage indicated I was not watching a visit to Busch Gardens. After discovering a postcard in Bing’s image search that perfectly matched that of the park seen from the top of the Ferris Wheel the family went on, I identified the park as the now-defunct Pirates World in Dania, Florida.

The trend continued as footage of tourists looking at houses were labeled as Hollywood, California’s Tour of the Stars. In reality, the footage depicted set pieces from Universal Studios in Universal City (including the house used in The Munsters). Because whomever viwwed the footage while making entries to the guide did not pay close enough attention, they mistook some footage of actors performing a typical gunfight scene on the a western set at Universal City as from Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town in Buena Park. Fortunately, I managed to sort that mess.

If anything at all, the guide managed to correctly identify a park as Disneyland. The only details I needed to add included was mentioning theSanta Fe & Disneyland Railroad, the Mark Twain Riverboat ride, Matterhorn Bobsled rollercoaster, Autopia, The Submarine Voyage Through Liquid Space, Motor Boat Cruise (still woefully missed by patrons, apparently), and the Barker Bird from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. I encountered some of these former and current attractions in other donated footage, so having more footage of these attractions only benefits future researchers in the end. In other words, I am glad we have it in the archives.

The family managed to visit Mexico at some point in 1966 and encountered some of the sites known to attract tourists. The Heroic Cadets Memorial (Altar a la Patria or Monumento a los Niños Héroes), for example, honors the fallen cadets (Juan de la Barrera, Juan Escutia, Francisco Márquez, Agustín Melgar, Fernando Montes de Oca,
and Vicente Suárez) that perished in the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War. The beautifully sculpted pillars certainly stands out and people come mesmerized them. Included among the sites visited by the family, the Museo Nacional de Antropología possess some unique artifacts and some which stands outside to greet visitors, like the statue of Aztec water goddess Chalchiuhtlicue. In any case, the Mexico trip gives the donated footage some additional value to corroborate with some earlier footage in the collection.

Nothing else strikes as notable for this week, so I am concluding this review. “Revision” best describes the major theme of the week as I constantly revised much of the guide throughout it. Next week, there seems to be in the work major developments as we prepare to say farewell to one of my colleagues. Until then, enjoy the rest of the week 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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