ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9170
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- 1960s home movies, 1960s Americana, 1960s American family life, 1960s fashion, 1960s tourism, Florida in 1960s, 1960s wildlife, Florida tourism, Homosassa Springs, Rainbow Springs, Cypress Gardens, Clermont, Florida, the Everglades in 1960, 1960s recreation, 1960s vacation, 1960s agriculture, 1960s vehicles, 1960s entertainment, flora of the Everglades, 1960s clothing, 1960s fashion, 1960s activities, 1968, 1960s, Al Larvick Fund
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.
1968. “Another of my parents’ trips to FL,” Daughter Virginia writes. The mother, Virginia, exits a red 1960s era car parked in front of a two story hotel. The camera pans around, revealing the rest of the hotel and the swimming pool with water slide. The hotel appears to be on the side of a highway or some major road. The mother walks over to pool and checks it (“my mother always had to check the pool”), miming the action of diving in for the camera (0:09). A shot of fruit trees from the car window. The camera zooms in on the fruit (0:51).
Dashboard camera shot as the car drives down a wide open highway on the way to Cypress Gardens with what appears to be orange groves on one side. The camera pans from one side of the road to the other to take in the surrounds (1:03). Another dashboard shot. There is a billboard for Cypress Gardens on the side of the road. However, the car is stopped by a construction worker so that a large construction or farming vehicle can be driven to the other side of the road (1:34). A shot of the vehicle driving down the side of the road (1:48). The vehicle disappears behind some trees (1:55). One last shot of the vehicle (2:04).
Panoramic view from the “World’s Largest Floral Map Citrus Tower” in Clermont, FL, which still exists http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/4030. We can see the shadow of the enormous tower on the ground below. “Of course, he filmed every angle from the top,” Virginia writes (2:10). Shot of citrus trees being sprayed. From above, we can see multiple streams at once. The camera also shows a large lake or body of water in the distance (2:24). Shot of the tower’s sign from above (2:52). Overhead shot of the parking lot below that pans up to emphasize the full extent of the landscape and distant horizon (3:11). Another shot of the trees and the body of water (3:35).
Several shots of the open road (3:59). The family arrives at an “Unusual Exhibit.” What exactly the exhibit contains isn’t clearly indicated. The sign on the building beckons visitors to bring their cameras (4:33). The footage from the inside of the exhibit is dark but there are what appears to be old stagecoaches and costumes on display. Signs warn visitors to “KEEP OFF” (4:45).
Shot of boats and a lake, presumably at Cypress Gardens (5:08). Several quick shots of fish filmed through the glass bottom of a boat and people observing them (5:12). Shot of a man at the end of the boat taking photographs of the swamp (5:43). Shots of the swamp. An alligator can be seen resting on a log by the water (5:46). More underwater shots (6:07). Shots of the swamp as the boat trawls through it (6:21). The camera follows another boat as it passes by in the opposite direction (6:37). More shots of the boat moving and the fish and sea plants passing by underneath (6:50). A shot of a lone person in a canoe (7:22). More shots of the swamp and the boat’s wake (7:27). More underwater shots through glass (7:39). Shot of fellow tourists sitting in the boat (7:56). More underwater shots. Reflections of people can be faintly seen in the glass (8:01). A shot of the swamp. There’s a green roofed building in the distance, presumably the docking area for the boats (8:10). (8:17) Shots of fish swimming around underwater (8:17). Quick shots of a shack on the side of the water, another boat, and the wake of the boat (8:47). More shots of the swamp and its trees…includes a turtle on a log (9:05). Baboons can be spotted from the side of the boat, high up in the trees (9:25). Leaves floating in the water (9:44). Numerous close-up shots of the baboons following the boat, playing with each other, and eating food in the water (9:52). A couple more shots of the swamp, slightly overexposed (12:27). More underwater shots, including a large brown fish (12:37).
A shot of the exit sign and train station (13:16). The camera is now on a sightseeing train in a forested area (13:27). Panning shot of a wild west themed area with wooden gazebos.. We can see the mother, Virginia (13:36). Virginia walks through saloon doors into a wooden building labelled “Palace Saloon Theater” (13:45). A building labelled “Court House” (13:51). Men in cowboy costumes walk into the center of the town and stage a fake shootout, hiding behind cover (13:57). Virginia pretends to ride on a stagecoach labelled “Delivery Service” (14:15). In the saloon theater, there’s a show with women kicking their legs up (14:25). Native American men and a young child perform dances in a large gazebo with spears and hoops while tourists look on. (14:34). A shot of the town chapel (15:52).
Camera is now in what appears to be a ski lift rising over the town (15:58). A sign for Cypress Gardens in front of a bunch of buses and palm trees. Part of the botanical garden is still preserved today within the Legoland theme park (16:07). A shot of the resort building (16:15). (16:19) Shots of a water skiing performance. Skiers perform tricks in front of packed bleachers and even use ramps and paragliders. There are a few wipeouts but the skier always emerges to give the crowd a thumbs-up. One of them carries an American flag. Virginia describes the spectacle as “quite amazing” (16:19).
Shots of exotic flowers and Southern Belles in the distance. One of them waves from afar and the camera pans down to show her reflection amongst the flowers in a beautiful shot (19:38). The mother, Virginia, points out flowers for the camera (20:20). She is now sitting on a fake burro in an area surrounded by cacti (20:36). Daughter Virginia notes “my father must have switched out cameras here and taken some still shots, because I have some slides from this same area.” Camera pans around an area with large statues of animals (including dinosaurs) around a pond (20:55). Virginia poses with a giant frog and alligator (21:07). (21:25) There is a sign that gives information about Spanish Moss and its uses. Daughter Virginia notes that she remembers them talking about it when they came home (21:25). Arthur walks up to a small waterfall (21:38). Camera zooms in on some unspecified object in the pond as people go over a small bridge (21:45).
Now on a train (or possibly boat) ride through the Everglades, we see two Southern Belles sitting in the distance as the train enters (21:55). Various shots of the flora and fauna of the Everglades during the tour (22:07).
A sign for the entrance of Rainbow Springs (https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Rainbow-Springs) (22:58). Another sign at the entrance advertising the monorail, cruise, and sternwheeler tours of the park (23:04). Shots from the monorail, which is elevated high above the ground (23:11). A shot of what appears to be a large boat at a dock (23:33). Shot of the murky water, a couple of geese float up (23:36). Shots of fish, turtles and birds from some sort of underwater viewing boat. At some points, it becomes too dark to clearly see anything. There are a few shorts shots of the boat’s propellor and interior as well (23:48).
We see the entrance to Homosassa Springs as Virginia looks back towards the camera (https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Homosassa-Springs) (26:27). The camera, in an elevated viewing area, shows a pond full of swans (26:34). We are on another boat for sightseeing. Goats can be seen on the riverbank grazing (26:45). A bunch of small monkeys eat food out of a Homosassa Springs barrel. They climb around the trees on each other’s backs (27:24). Virginia stands by a large billboard for the springs that includes a map showing its location in Florida (27:40). Shots of the “Gator Lagoon” where there’s a sign in the center that loudly proclaims “NO SWIMMING.” Numerous alligators float and lounge around (27:50). Peacocks show off their feathers (28:28). Sea Lions sit in what is labelled as “Sea Lion Springs.” On an umbrella it says “Sea Lions love to play…throw fish far…and let them race” (28:42). A North American Black Bear cage. The bear inside is named Smoky Ben Jr., the son of Gentle Ben. Bears sit by the edge of the cage (28:50). Virginia stands in a goat exhibit. Some walk up to the camera (29:03). Arthur stands by a sign advertising the park’s signature “Fish Bowl” viewing chamber (that still exists today) (29:21). Shots of fish feeding from within the viewing chamber (29:27). (30:50) Virginia throws food to the fish who swarm after it.
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