ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clips 9148 49
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- 1960s home movies, 1960s home movie title cards, 1960s Americana, 1960s American family life, 1960s family road trips, 1960s Ash Wednesday storm, 1960s weather, 1960s The Bronx Zoo, zoo animals, 1960s suburban home life, 1960s boardwalk, 1960s eastern seaboard, 1960s Wildwood New Jersey, 1960s Atlantic City New Jersey, 1960s Jersey Shores, 1960s Eastern seaboard, 1960s Atlantic City New Jersey, Wildwood New Jersey boardwalk, 1960s Bergenfield New Jersey, Northfield, New Jersey, 1960s Freedomland Park, 1960s Bahamas, 1960s Nassau, 1960s Miami Florida, 1960s Teaneck Armory, 1960s roller coaster, 1960s amusement park rides, 1960s carousel, 1960s tram, Crystal Maze, Pan American plane, Air India plane, 1960s Nassau Bahamas, 1960s tourism, The Government House Nassau, Queen Victoria statue Nassau, Columbus statue Nassau, Fort Charlotte Nassau, cruise ships, Navy ship, Bahamas beach, flamingo, peacock, Al Larvick Fund, 1962, 1960s
The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Descriptions by Jini Virtue Errichetti
This clip is part of the Arthur H. Virtue collection. Arthur H. Virtue is the primary filmmaker in this collection. His daughter, Virginia Errichetti is the current custodian of the family films. This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through a grant awarded to Virginia Errichetti by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm. For more information on this collection, visit https://www.allarvickfund.org/films-of-arthur-h-virtue/
The mission of the Al Larvick Conservation Fund is to preserve historical and cultural heritage through conservation, education, and the public accessibility of American home & amateur analog audiovisual materials. For more information, visit allarvickfund.org. Please respect the creative commons licensing assigned to this collection.
The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father/Filmmaker: Arthur H Virtue 4/1/1914 - 12/31/1986
Wife/Mother: Virginia Florence Magowan 3/2/1918 - 7/23/2005
Daughter: Lois Jean Virtue
Son: Arthur Magowan Virtue
Nephew: James Albert Virtue
Son: Vance Charles Virtue
Niece: Wendy Martin Virtue
Daughter: Virginia (Jini) Lyn Virtue Errichetti
Others in this footage include Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen,
Arthur’s mother-in-law, Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen and Martha Agnes Kennedy 1874-1960, Arthur’s mother. Additional family members include Arthur’s grandchildren, Vicki, David, Lynn, and Diane. Arthur’s hometown was Northfield, New Jersey, a small town not far from Atlantic City where he worked on the boardwalk.
Collection title: The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, color, black & white, silent.
Digital format: Footage captured at a standard definition format of 720 x 486 resolution.
Collection size: Approx. 8000ft
Circa: mid 1950s - mid 1980s
Arthur enjoyed “playing around with film and photography,” often shooting trick shots and animating objects and titles for his film. He built a darkroom in the cellar and would often experiment with double exposures and overlays. He also inadvertently became a historical filmmaker as he documented his time working in Atlantic City during the 30’s – 70’s and the many trips the family would take to New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas along the eastern seaboard. He built a frame to hold his Super 8 camera and would shoot miles of the highway as he drove.
This clip (9148-49) begins in 1962 with black and white footage of a zoo (maybe The Bronx Zoo) and then continues with a double exposure where scenes taken from a car are overlaid. 00:38, family feed deer and sheep. At 01:24 shot of a large turtle, 01:29 bears drink from pool. Families walk around wire caged areas with llamas (?), shot of bison. Boy touches its horn. About 02:37 Arthur recorded driving footage of the Ash Wednesday storm (March 6-8) in Atlantic City (picture is over and double exposed w/zoo footage). 03:20 double exposed footage of kids on a Jr. FD trailer being towed by car driving toward camera. More storm footage with waves splashing against barriers along waterfront, debris on streets, parked 1950s cars. 05:03 scenes from home. Daughter Virginia rides bike, boys play tennis in yard. About 05:58 boy rides toy tractor. At approx. 06:06 wife Virginia, with sons Arthur Jr. and Vance walk along sidewalk. Motel sign in front of them. About 06:20 kids ride roller coaster and other amusement park rides in Wildwood New Jersey. Around 07:46, blurred scene of the beach. Some footage is double exposed. 08:10 POV of rider during roller coast ride. At around 08:56 the family visits daughter Lois at her apartment in Bergenfield, New Jersey, followed by shots of the Teaneck Armory. Footage of Freedomland Park, in The Bronx (some double exposed footage again). A boat ride and a tram ride (At approx. 11:01). “Freedomland” sign as the tram approaching the other side’s entrance. Scenes at the park continue. At about 12:16, shot of airplane in the sky, then more Freedomland rides with a carousel and a ride called the “Crystal Maze”, walking around park, simulated building fire with old fashioned fire fighters and wagon putting out the fire. At approx. 14:22 kids wave from another roller coaster ride, followed by a spinning kids ride. Around 15:09 the interior of the park’s train. Shots of exterior of train and train station. At about 15:19 families feed the seals. At 15:45, a “Chinatown” sign. Daughter Virginia sits in a rickshaw with an Asian inspired umbrella. Wife Virginia sits in one with an umbrella in the next shot. At about 16:16, a boat tour begins – brief shots of boat, turkeys roaming on island. At 16:33 long pan across airport. 17:03 Pan American plane taxies, followed by shots of plan taking off, then plane de-boarding outside. Shot of small plan called “Mohawk” taxies. Panning shot of airport from rooftop viewing area. 18:33, shot of “Air India” plane parked. Taxing shot from inside plane through window and plan lifting off. Shots of water, marsh area, bridges and freeways below. Arthur and wife, Virginia’s trip to the Bahamas and Miami for their 15th Anniversary in 1962. The rest of the collection shows scenes from The Bahamas, mostly in Nassau. 19:22 cruise boat “Bahama Star” is docked. 1950s and 60s cars parked at pier. Shots of various large and small boats and a Navy ship are docked, followed by The Government House in Nassau with a zoom in on the Queen Victoria statue. 1950s cars drive around streets. Various town streets shots with wife, Virginia and palm tree lined narrow streets, waterfront scenes and architecture of The Bahamas. 22:17 people sunbathing poolside, followed by water scenes and resort grounds. Long shots of sailboats in the distance. People on the beach and in the water. At about 24:15 view from high up looking down to patio area, long shots of beach and sunbathers. Around 24:53 driving footage down tree lined roads and seaside. At about 25:21 tour of old military fort, perhaps The Fort of Nassau or Fort Charlotte built in the 1600s. Tourist walk through tunnel and around grounds. Panning shot from fort to ocean. At 27:17 a statue of Columbus with the dated 1492 stands in front of The Government House. At approx. 17:31 flamingos scurry across a lawn together. Shots of flamingos gathered around ladies. Man chases flamingos as they run around in a circle for the crowd. At 28:29 a peacock is tracked by the camera. At 28:50 crashing waves hit the rocky shore. Wife Virginia stands next to tree at seaside followed by more driving footage and wife, Virginia at roadside. 30:58 close up on ocean water. 32:05 airplane in the sky. 32:21 airplane lands.
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Subject: Interesting look into someone's world from the past