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The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Descriptions by daughter, Jini Virtue Errichetti
This clip (9139-41) is part of the The Films of Arthur H. Virtue collection. Arthur H. Virtue is the primary filmmaker in this collection. His daughter, Virginia (Jini) Virtue 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/
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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, 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.
Title: The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, silent, color, black & white
Digital format: Footage captured at a standard definition format of 720 x 486
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.
The footage in this clip (#9139-41) begins in 1955 with daughter Virginia’s (Jini) oldest brother Arthur, who was 6 at the time, playing in the backyard with a neighborhood friend. There is a quick shot of son Vance who was two, as well as driving into Atlantic City (approx. 00:57). The billboard advertises the Claridge, which is still a hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. But what most impressed Virginia is the look on her mother’s face as she runs to the car to greet her parents. Some footage here is underexposed. At approx. 04:12, is daughter Lois in November of 1956 when she was 18 years old as a majorette at a football game at Pleasantville High School in New Jersey. Lois is in the white scarf and is spinning fire (Approx. 04:49). Using homemade titles to indicate sections and events, the next is in 1959 with a trip to New York City (8:05) to attend a car show, which Arthur did quite often. Most of the film is again underexposed but some street scenes are visible. Wife, Virginia and another couple, Gloria and Nelson Amy, were on this trip. At 11:28 a “Through the Park” title card precedes footage of 1950s cars driving through Central Park and people walking around in and outside of Central Park. At 12:21, “At Home Again” reads the title and what follows is the first look at daughter Virginia (Jini), born in 1959, with her sister, Lois, who was 20 years old at the time, and Minnie (Wilimina), their maternal grandmother. Arthur’s title reads “Mom Shows How to Do It” as wife Virginia enters the scene and re-wraps a blanket around baby Virginia (Jini). More scenes at home show Arthur backing the car out of the garage, wife, Virginia “modeling” (15:41) and their sons and neighborhood children playing with their dog and on the playhouse built by Arthur. At 17:54, back inside, Virginia tears around the house in a walker. A quick shot of her Lois and her future husband, Albert. The clip ends with “A Visit from Cousins” at 21:26, who are the nephew and niece of Arthur, Jimmy and Wendy, who later came to live with them after their father died.