ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9153 58
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- 1960s home movies, 1960s home movie title cards, 1960s Americana, 1960s American family life, 1960s family road trips, Pocono Mountains, Bushkill Falls, 1960s Wildwood New Jersey, Wildwood New Jersey boardwalk, eastern seaboard, 1960s amusement park, 1960s roller coaster, 1960s rural America, 1960s road trips, 1960s birthday party, 1960s era motel, mid-century motel, Pine Creek Path trail, 1960s birthday party, Margate New Jersey, New Jersey, Atlantic City Beach, 1960s cameraman, 1960s beach event, Al Larvick Fund, 1963, 1960s, Atlantic City
The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Descriptions by Jini Virtue Errichetti
This clip (9153-58) 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 about 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.
November 1963 - The Pocono Mountains in Bushkill Falls where the family visited regularly in the 1980s after Arthur’s daughter moves there. Shots of tree tops, water and the family in 1960s attire. Wife Virginia wear leopard print coat. Family walks along fall viewing area. Arthur and wife, Virginia perform for camera along river bank. Around 02:59 camera pans across vista on a grey day. Zooms into various buildings and farmsteads in the distance. At approx. 04:12, sign posted on tree trunk reads, “Winona 5 Falls” with a directing arrow. 04:19, camera pans across parking lot revealing 1950s and 60s vehicles and a building with a large sign, “Entrance to the full flowing waterfalls” across its side. Crashing water at 04:25 and pan up the falls. Arthur Jr. and Vance stand along river bank. Around 05:52 zoom to shot of sons up on a large stone, looking down at falls. Various shots of trees and falls from above. Around 06:36 Arthur Sr. walks to wife, Virginia, they turn around and wave. At approx. 07:06 wife, Virginia is crouched down and takes a drink of water from the river. Driving footage down a gravel or dirt road begins about 07:43 on a grey day in a rural area. A road sign reads, “Stout” (could be the town?). At about 08:14, wife Virginia, Arthur Jr., Vance and daughter Virginia exit from a house, walk over to the car and begin to get in. 08:41, amusement park footage of a miniature car ride. Looks like daughter Virginia and son, Vance? Behind it a sign for “Skee Ball” amusement game, park rides, “Hell Hole”, and “Scooters”. At 09:05, shot of miniature cars line up as Virginia and Vance conclude their ride. At about 9:10, a shot of a roller coaster ride, called “Up ‘N Atom”. More car amusement rides and shots of Vance in roller coaster car in motion. This is July of 1963 on the Wildwood New Jersey Boardwalk, an annual trip for Arthur’s son’s birthday. Family walks along section of boardwalk. At about 10:04, shot of “X-Ray Poker Games” sign. Around 10:38, wife Virginia, daughter Virginia and son, Vance wave from an air cart on the amusement ride, “Spook’s Hide-Away”. At approx. 10:41, POV from roller coaster car through ride. At about 12:05, shots of a carousel. At 12:15, driving scenes from the car through various tunnels (with signs such as “Kittatinny Mountain”) to on the way to the Pocono Mountains. Various rural landscapes and vehicles of the 1950s and 1960s. Around 14:50, POV through the back window of the car, followed by wife, Virginia, daughter, Virginia and son, Vance in the backseat. At approx.. 15:39, sign reads (split second), “World Famous Horseshow Curve”, followed by dark footage of mountains and dark driving shots. Around 17:35 camera pans across 1960s era motel and parking lot. More driving shots with cars of the 1950s and 1960s on the road. At approx. 19:10, driving shots over bridge and onto small town main street, passes an “Atlantic” sign at a gas station. Driving shots of tree lined roads in the mountains. Around 21:00, shots from high above, looking down into valley of woods and a home. At about 21:26, trail sign reads “Pine Creek Path”. 21:30, Arthur Jr. spins daughter, Virginia and old vista viewer. Shots from viewing area across mountain vista. 21:52, wife Virginia and daughter Virginia walk down tree lined trail. More shots of road and river below and more driving footage as the family drives up the mountain road. At approx. 23:17, the clip ends with some type of event on the beach in Margate, New Jersey. Panning shot of beach and seashore populated with umbrellas and chairs. From beach, camera pans across primarily empty beach chairs. Beach houses are visible in the background. At about 24:03, tables and chairs are set up on the beach. Various people stand around on the beach. Many people in cameras and non-beach wear are walking around and gathering. It looks like an unidentified celebrities or personality is visiting the beach. Around 25:34 there is a professional camera (broadcast perhaps) and cameraman on an elevated platform. Around 25:48 a group of guys sit on the beach eating corn on the cobb. At approx. 25:56, a helicopter flies above with “Atlantic City” on its side. 26:44, man and woman walk on beach together toward camera, kids walk in and out of frame, guys walk toward camera.
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