ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9161 68
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- 1960s home movies, 1960s home movie title cards, 1960s home movie trick shots, 1960s Americana, 1960s American family life, 1960s suburban family life, 1960s family road trips, Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, Florida, driving footage, 1960s automobiles, 1960s cars, Jekyll Island Museum, Rockefeller Cottage Georgia, Georgia, 1960s children’s playhouse, dog, New Jersey, Rockaway New Jersey, 1960s driving lessons, cat, snow, Delaware, hula hoop, 1960s birthday party, 1967, 1968, 1969, Megaton Mouse, Hanna Barbera, 1960s birthday party, 1960s winter suburbs, Al Larvick Fund, Hula hoop, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, charades, 1950s party games, 1960s party games, Northfield
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 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.
This clip (9161-68) begins with the dashboard camera going over a bridge into the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (at 00:15). The sign for the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel appears around 00:47. It’s a sunny day, 1960s era cars driving. 01:01 car drives into parking lot of a possible hotel, restaurant or church. 01:05 more driving footage. 01:11 driving over bridge. Continued driving shots. Car approaches toll gate at 01:52. At about 01:53, wife Virginia emerges from house with suitcase in hand. She walks around car with open trunk. About 02:13 back to driving footage with camera mounted on dashboard. The beginning of a trip Arthur and wife, Virginia made in 1964 by themselves to Florida. A stop at a 1960s era motel, more driving. Miles of highway and rural roads later, they get out of the car to check out a palm tree and the beach (about 03:43). Here you see a shot of filmmaker Arthur H. Virtue (approx. 04:02), who is usually on the other side of the camera. At about 04:21 wife Virginia walks on beach toward camera. A few more miles of highway around 04:43 and the next stop is Jekyll Island Museum, Rockefeller Cottage in GA at around 05:57. Various pans around the tree filled and sunlit grounds, exterior shots of house. At 06:26, sign reads, “Jekyll Island Museum, Rockefeller Cottage”. Back on the road with driving footage at 06:31. Camera is titled to roadside, rather than directly ahead over dashboard. At 06:58, car passes billboard “Cruise S.S. New Bahama Star”. At 07:00, a snow filled yard back at home in Northfield, New Jersey, in 1967. Camera pans across yard several times showing a two-story playhouse Arthur Sr. built. At 07:45 dog named “Major” jogs toward camera along pathway. More camera pans across snow filled yard, driveway, side of house, sidewalk and street. At 08:22 camera pans from front of house to long shot down suburban snowy street. Daughter Virginia writes about this section of the clip, “Our dog Major is still around, but he’s showing his age. I believe he took so many shots of the snow because we rarely got much snow in Northfield, NJ, being so close to the ocean. I enjoy seeing the house in which I grew up”. Next, the snow is gone. The family walks across a parking lot and toward a building. At 08:44, the Virtue family visits Rockaway, NJ at around 08:25 where daughter, Lois, her husband and two children have bought a house. 08:48, kids play on sidewalk of suburban street. At 08:55, family gathers at front door. Daughter Lois, wife Virginia, kids and grandkids. 09:09, daughter Lois waves at camera outside home. 09:15 blue car backs out of driveway and onto street. Arthur’s son-in-law and Arthur Jr. are in front seat. Once they get onto the street it appears they switch places. It looks like Arthur’s son-in-law is giving Arthur Jr. driving lessons. At 10:04, daughter Lois and wife Virginia emerge from house. Daughter Lois opens garage door and introduces us to their cat Tina. At 10:36, the blue car comes around the corner and back to house. At 10:39 the camera is back on Tina the cat. She plays on the lawn with a ball. You can see Arthur Sr.’s shadow as he films (11:22). Back again to the driving lesson at 11:34 as car pulls into driveway. More adorable cat play at 11:55 with daughter Virginia (?) and son Vance. At one point Arthur zooms in on wife Virginia’s hand (approx. 13:03) who is sporting a diamond. Daughter Virginia writes of this shot, “This might have been the diamond ring my dad found on the beach”. At 13:04 kids play catch with ball on the front lawn. At 13:53 a kid in a red hooded sweatshirt bounces the ball on the walkways next to the garage (probably on of Arthur’s grandchildren). At 14:33, interior shot of a television screen with a animated mouse. The animated mouse holds up a sign that reads, “Megaton Mouse” (an animation of Hanna-Barbera). Outside again at 14:19 where a sequence of “trick shots” begin with trying (and failing) to make son Vance disappear. At 14:37, Arthur has more success with shots of son Vance riding his bike (with a large front basket for his newspaper route) up to a tree and the bike disappears out from under him. This shot gets duplicated a few times, with son Vance looking around in wonder after his bike “disappears”. There are other shots of my brother with various items appearing and disappearing, some in slow motion (about 16:37). Snow returns at around 16:56 with winter trees and another shot of the two-story playhouse. Around 17:51 springtime is here where Arthur Jr. is fixing/cleaning his car in the driveway at a relative’s house in Delaware. Shot of dog behind a fence at 18:22. 18:37 tulips around a tree. 18:45 daughter Virginia and others play with a hula hoop and cartwheel. Daughter Virginia encourages her mother to try at 19:52 and wife, Virginia ends up jumping through it and then tries her hand at hula hooping. We see a brief shot of Jim at 20:28 out in front of the house, who is very ill at this point. At 20:36 Arthur edits together 3 years of daughter Virginia’s birthday parties at their home in Northfield New Jersey - 1967, 68, & 69 my 8th, 9th & 10th birthday although not necessary in date order. At 20:46 daughter Virginia reads birthday card and unwraps gifts while her friends look on. At 21:15 wife Virginia watches from dining room, wearing an apron before disappearing into the kitchen. At 21:27 daughter Virginia sits at table with friends and a cake. Around 21:38 wife Virginia lights cake candles. Daughter Virginia seems to ponder her wish but eventually blows out the candles at 22:09. At 22:28 kids play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, then start playing with balloons and are acting out some sort of game, maybe charades. At 23:26 daughter Virginia shows off her pet/stuffed poodle and continues to unwraps more gifs, mostly unidentifiable. 24:47 kids gather around table for birthday cake. Around 26:28 Arthur Jr. is speaking on the phone wearing a suit. At 26:36, another birthday ensues. Daughter Virginia sits in front of a lit cake wearing a birthday hat. At 26:58 she blows out the candles, claps and waves to the camera. Wife Virginia comes to assist with the cake. Kids wearing party hats laugh and eat around the table. At 27:44 kids are in living room. Different kids come toward camera, stop and begin speaking into what looks like a mounted microphone (not part of the camera that’s filming). Each girl, in 1960s attire, comes up and says something into the microphone. At 28:52 kids look at the pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey poster. At 29:07 girls are playing a popular party game of the 1950s and 1960s by wear participants drop clothespins into a glass milk bottle. Here the kneel on a chair and drop the clothespins from the height of the chair back. Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey begins at 30:49 which continues to the end of this clip.
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