ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9184 87
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- 1970s Americana, 1970s family life, 1970s suburban family life, 1970s vehicles, 1970s nature, 1970s weddings, 1970s churches, 1970s graduations, 1970s high schools, 1970s tourism, 1970s gifts, 1970s technology, 1970s pets, 1970s home movies, 1970s home movie title cards, Mainland Regional High School, Northfield, New Jersey, Jamestown Virginia, Washington Irving, Irvington, New York, 1970s monorail, 1973, 1970s, 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.
July 15, 1973. Jini’s brother Arthur’s wedding. (0:07) There are shots from inside the church that are very underexposed. It is difficult to make out details. (0:45) The bride and groom walking down the aisle. People are carrying candles. (1:56) We now move outside the church where it’s a little easier to see the bride in her white gown. Jini was a junior bridesmaid. (2:07) Bride and groom standing off by themselves. (2:10) We see Jini and the others in their formalwear for the wedding. They are exiting the church. Finally, Arthur and his bride exit behind them. (2:45) The bride and groom enter the wedding limo. (3:00) The family stands around and talks. (3:05) We see the wedding invitation. The name of the church is difficult to make out.
(3:28) Now we cut to cousin Wendy’s graduation from Mainland High in 1975; same high school as the rest of the family. The graduates walk the football field as well as the band. (3:41) View from the bleachers. Students are gathered around the entire perimeter of the field. (3:58) Wendy walks amongst the graduates. (4:20) The conductor conducts the band while the graduates walk. This time, instead of sitting in their own bleachers, the graduates sit on chairs in the field. (5:17) Graduates walk to get their diplomas. (6:20) The graduates throw their caps in the air and disperse.
(6:49) We quickly cut to Christmas 1975. Jini is 16 years old at this point. The footage is a little dark. Jini shows off a smiley face t-shirt. (6:57) Virginia holds some sort of plush dog. (7:05) Jini has received a transistor radio. (7:10) Shot of the Christmas tree and lights in the living room. (7:20) Jini gives Tiger a present. (7:44) Jini and Wendy examine her transistor radio. (7:59) Duke is still ripping open his chew toys. (8:17) Camera pans across the living room. (8:36) Jini’s sister family arrives, looking older. Her sister-in-law is now a part of the celebration. The camera zooms in on family members around the room. “As if there aren’t enough people for dinner,” Jini writes, “my cousin brought her boyfriend.” (9:29) We see the family gathered at the dinner table. The kids are at a smaller table off to the side.
(10:10) Arthur experimenting with title strips. He pulls a piece of paper that says: “December 2-5, 1976 TRIP TO WILLIAMSBURG, VA. = November 26-28, 1976 Trip to T” then it cuts off. (10:40) Camera pans over to the hotel and zooms in on the family car (we are unsure what trip this video is covering). (11:06) We see Virginia inside the hotel room next to a lamp. Footage is dark. (11:27) Virginia waves at the camera. They are outside some sort sort of stadium. (11:38) Camera pans over parking lot. (12:07) We see a building that looks like a castle and a monorail station. (12:20) The monorail pulls into the station. (12:25) View from the monorail. The area looks very old-style European. (12:49) Virginia gets out of her car and stands by a sign for “Washington Irving’s Sunnyside House” in Irvington, NY (http://www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/washington-irvings-sunnyside). (13:24) Virginia follows a tour group down a hill and through a small forest path. We see the house, covered in vines. (14:01) Camera pans to show off the grounds surrounding the house. (14:09) Virginia walks through the door of a small brick cabin. (14:18) Shots of the home’s grand exterior. Arthur walks into one of the shots, wearing a hat. He poses in front of the door. (14:49) 2 swans floating on a lake. Camera pans around to the rest of the landscape. (15:30) View of a hill from the parking lot. The camera zooms in on the top. (15:40) Virginia walks to her car. (15:47) Virginia admires the view and poses for the camera like an explorer. Then the camera pans up for more landscape shots. (16:32) Virginia walks alongside a fence. (16:45) We see an ice rink and skaters through the trees.
(17:23) We see Virginia in a little village. The camera pans around the main street. (17:58) Shot of a road and the landscape beyond it. (18:17) We see a signpost that says “attempted settlement” that places us in Virginia. (18:33) Another shot of the road and Virginia. (18:51) Sign that says “Use Woodland Trail to Glasshouse.” (18:57) Sign for “Ruins of Old Jamestown” and a map. (19:08) Virginia walking over the footbridge. (19:21) Arthur walking over the bridge. (19:34) Virginia stands in front of the visitor center. (19:46) Dark footage of what appear to be models. (19:58) Shot of a white obelisk that pans over to Virginia examining a headstone or marker. (20:41) Sign that says “Pocahontas.” Virginia stands next to a statue of her and shakes her hand. (21:01) Virginia walks into a large brick building. There’s a ship on the lake in the distance. Camera pans to a statue of John Smith, Governor of Virginia in 1608. (21:53) Large wooden cross in the distance. (22:07) Sign: “These ruins are 300 yrs. old” and a description of the process of protecting the ruins. (22:40) More shots of Virginia walking through a forest area. (22:56) Virginia walks towards “Powhatan’s Lodge.” (23:17) Old ships in a harbor. Camera pans over and zooms in on a cannon. (23:28) Virginia walks toward the ship and poses by the onramp. The ship is vibrantly painted. These ships are still on display today (http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/jamestown-ships/). (23:47) A diagram of the Susan Constant, one of the ship recreations. (24:00) Virginia stands by the cannon. (24:08) An actual ship is sailing in the distance. (24:24) Virginia walking towards a small wooden cabin. (24:35) A sign for James Fort: The First English Settlement in America (http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/james-fort/). In the fort, there are people dressed up in historically appropriate clothing. (25:03) A sign for the “Saw Pit and Carpenter Shop” (25:13) More shots of the fort. (25:27) Shot of Arthur at the entrance of the fort. (25:46) Shot of the cannon in the fort wall. (25:57) Virginia throwing something on the ground. (26:03) Virginia walking towards a large white tower. (26:31) Shot of a footbridge and a large bridge in the distance.
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