ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9142 43
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- 1950s home movies, 1960s home movies, 1950s Americana, 1950s Northfield New Jersey, 1960s Northfield New Jersey, 1961 television broadcast Presidential Inauguration, JFK, John F. Kennedy, 1960s television, 1960s Americana, 1960s American life, 1960s American suburban life, 1960s small town America, Eastern seaboard, Atlantic City, Atlantic City boardwalk, Atlantic City Missouri Avenue Beach, 1960’s Miss America parade, 1960s parades, 1960s hurricane Donna, 1960s storm, 1960s weather, 1960 Army Day, U.S. military parade, Army Day, Army helicopter, Army vehicles, Army tanks, parachutes, little league, Delaware, 1960s Halloween, 1960s graduation ceremony, 1960s Trenton State College, College of New Jersey, Al Larvick Fund, New Jersey, 1959, 1950s, 1960s, 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 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.
Title: The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, color, black & white, silent.
Digital format: Footage captured to a standard definition format of 720x486 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 (9142-43) begins with Arthur filming the Inauguration of JFK on the television, then continues with shots of daughter Virginia, almost two years old, dancing (Approx. 1:55), interspersed with title cards. Arthur continues with overexposed beach scenes beginning at 02:39, from Missouri Avenue Beach in Atlantic City where he owned a beach chair concession stand where he rented beach chairs and umbrellas to tourists. Arthur also rented chairs for people to sit and watch the 1960 Miss America Parade seen here (Approx. 04:36). At approx. 05:26, shots of trees blowing during Hurricane Donna which hit the Atlantic City area on September 12, 1960 including footage taken in Northfield, New Jersey and the bay heading to Margate. At approx. 06:40, “Army Day, 1960” shows army vehicles, including tanks, helicopters, and parachute jumpers on the Atlantic City Beach and Boardwalk. At approx.. 09:07, “Little League Birch Grove Where’s Arthur?” shows son Arthur (Jr) playing baseball and then moves on to son Vance playing across the street. At approx.. 10:28, more scenes at home interspersed with title cards, with daughter Virginia (Jini) in high chair and walker, both sons, wife Virginia, and her mother, Minnie who had Alzheimer's at the time, in the background. Some outside scenes around 11:50, as wife, Virginia walks outside with daughter Jini. At approx.. 12:33, “Halloween 1959” jumps back to a Halloween parade at son Vance’s school when he was in kindergarten and then moves to daughter Lois’ graduating from Trenton State College (Approx. 13:46), now called The College of New Jersey, in 1960. At 14:24, title card reads, “The Principal Actress”. Footage of Lois in graduation cap and gown walking outside toward camera followed by various walking shots daughter Lois in cap and gown with her mother, Virginia, and Arthur with wife Virginia and their daughter Lois. Shots of campus buildings and lawn, graduation procession. At approx. 17:14, the last scene shows “A Visit to Delaware” where the family visited cousins. Driving shots from freeway approaching bridge, then kids riding bikes and playing along sidewalk on suburban street. At approx.. 18:09 shots of interior of home with family sitting, camera pans through various areas of home, living room with family sitting around, organ in shot. Filmed from interior window, a 1950s car pulls into driveway. Inside kids play with a ball. At approx. 18:53, pans of outside suburban houses, dog tied to dog house. Kids running around outside. At approx.. 19:57, title card “No Feet” is followed by shots of kid riding a bike with feet off peddles.
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