ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9190 93
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- 1970s home movies, 1970s roads, 1970s dashboard camera, 1970s vehicles, 1970s family life, 1970s vacation, The Poconos, Bushkill Falls, 1970s amusement park, 1970s pets, 1970s hotels, 1970s graduation, Mainland Regional High School, 1970s airplanes, Apple Valley, Starn’s, Northfield, New Jersey, Sunoco, Cosmopolitan, 1978, 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 on 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.
1978. Arthur and Virginia are on a trip to the Poconos with her sister Lois and her husband. They are most likely visiting Bushkill Falls where the family still visits every time they go. (0:07) We see Virginia leaving the hotel and walking into the parking lot. (0:27) Camera zooms in on someone in the distance, probably Lois. (0:36) Shot of people playing tennis. (0:50) Lois and her husband wave and walk toward the camera. (1:05) A chairlift ride called the “Yoyo” is on the other side of a fence. (1:11) Virginia and Lois walk along the fence. (1:18) A man dressed a cowboy plays guitar in the window of a building marked “Petting Zoo.” (1:25) Lois and Virginia walking towards the entrance. (1:33) Virginia looking at the falls. There are other tourists walking on bridges and taking pictures. (2:28) Shot follows the falls down the cliff. (3:13) Lois and Virginia walking around. (3:29) Footage is a bit dark but there’s more shots of the falls and hiking. Lois has her own camera. (4:32) A band performing for an audience. (4:41) Dashcam footage on backroads.
(4:59) Shadow the dog running around the backyard in fall.
(5:20) Now we are at the beginning of the vacation to the Poconos. Virginia and her son in law are eating what appears to be chocolate from a box. (5:37) Shot of the pretty landscape. There is a winding road below. (5:55) Lois goofs around for the camera. (6:02) The family stands together and smiles for the camera. (6:09) A note carved onto a stone: “8/21/77: Were Here.” (6:13) Back on the dashcam. Camera zooms in on the mountains above. (6:38) Virginia in front of the hotel. She goes to knock on the door to what is presumably Lois’ room. (7:07) Shot of the hotel and parking lot. The family stands in the parking lot. (7:51) Dark footage of dancing. (8:02) Family walks towards shuffleboard court. (8:17) Virginia plays shuffleboard while Lois watches. (8:39) More dashboard cam. Very scenic lake. (9:35) A billboard for “Apple Valley” which is a restaurant in the Poconos that is still around (http://www.applevalleyrestaurant.com/). More dashcam footage. (10:43) We see a bit of the car’s interior. More road footage.
(11:08) Back in 1977. Duke the dog is alive in the backyard but looking old. He has some sort of tumor on his cheek. He still jumps on tables.
(11:58) Now we are at Jini’s graduation from Mainland Regional High School. “It looks like I was in the Honor Society,” Jini writes. The graduates are lined up in the football table. (12:10) The bad is gathered on the football field. (12:19) The graduates walk to the chairs organized in the middle of the field. (12:48) Graduates are seated under Mainland banner. (13:55) Graduates begin walking to receive their diplomas. You can see Jini in the line. Some sort of hair or scratch is on the camera lens. (14:54) Jini goes to get her diploma. (15:12) The graduates all stand. (15:23) Camera pans over the field. (15:33) We see Jini in her cap and gown holding a rose. (15:39) Two of Jini’s best friends walk over and shake hands with her. Camera pans over to her brother Arthur. (15:59) Close up of Jini.
(16:08) Shot of Tiger the cat. (16:18) Quick shot of someone eating something. (16:20) A light, possibly the moon? (16:25) Shot of the sky. (16:28) Jini’s grandmother shortly before she died in July 1977. She smiles at the camera. (16:46) An airplane with an advertisement for Starn’s. Likely the Captain Starn’s restaurant in Atlantic City (http://brigantinenow.com/captain-starns-just-5-minutes-from-brigantine-beach-well-it-used-to-be/).
(16:49) Now Jini has the camera and is experimenting with different shots. We see her friend Karen in the rear view mirror. (16:52) Street shot (including a Sunoco gas station). (16:55) Shot of food. (17:03) Shot of logs burning in the fire. (17:08) Shot of some lizard statue. (17:11) The December 1976 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/404268504028107910). It is being held by Jini’s nephew. (17:18) Shot of Jini’s boyfriend. He was a movie theater manager and an aspiring director. “He and my father influenced my career,” writes Jini. (17:29) Jini’s boyfriend folding up a rug and carrying it with someone else.
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