ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9150 52
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- 1960s home movies, 1960s home movie title cards, 1960s Americana, 1960s American family life, 1960s family road trips, 1960s tourism, Miami Florida, Nassau Bahamas, The Bahamas, 1960s Miami Seaquarium, 1960s Miami Heart Institute, dolphins, seals, flamingos, 1960s Miami airport, Parrot Jungle, New York City, Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, Central Park Zoo, apes, monkeys, brown bears, polar bears, elephants, New Jersey, 1960s bowling alley, stop motion animation, home movie trick shots, Al Larvick Fund, Northfield, 1962, 1960s
The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Descriptions by Jini Virtue Errichetti
This clip (9150-52) 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 (9150-52) is of Arthur and wife, Virginia’s anniversary trip in 1962 (a continuation from clip 9148-49) shows scenes around Miami. At 00:24 shot from a boat to seashore building with a sign reading, “Miami Heart Institute Heart and Research Center”. A visit to a the Miami Seaquarium, a Sea World type show begins with dolphins, seals, and penguins at 00:52 followed by dolphin tricks performed for an audience. 03:33 shots of underwater tanks with diver in 1960s era gear surrounded by dolphins and other fish. Around 04:14, back to show where Seaquarium guy feeds fish and large turtles. At approx. 04:34, tourists watch group of flamingos, followed by shots of snakes and other reptiles, including crocodiles (and/or alligators). At about 05:04 a seal show is in progress, performed in front of a shell dome, with a man in a white suit and sailor cap. Sign reads, “Miami Seaquarium”. More dolphin tricks – jumping through hoops, bowling. Shots of various boats cruising around the water, anchored sailboats and docked sea vessels follow. Arthur continues to film scenes around Miami, including more of the resort’s beach and nearby short (08:12), from an open-air tour bus of Miami parks, zoos with a “Parrot Jungle” and bird performances and other sites, finishing with filming the plane taking off (12:15) from the inside of the plane and the ground and sea below. The section ends with the title card, “Our 15th Anniversary Vacation 1962”. Back home, the film switches to black and white film and shows scenes from the Virtue’s living room. Arthur’s sons tormenting 3year old Virginia (At approx. 19:10). Around 19:37 Arthur creates stop motion animation “trick shots” with Arthur, Jr. doing with different hats. At about 20:01, daughter Virginia bounces around on a hobby horse and toward the end of the shot is changes to slow motion. At 20:52, wife Virginia sits in chair and reads to son, followed by dark footage of Virginia and then the back yard. Their mother loved to bowl. Arthur filmed her here at a bowling alley (Approx. 21:34). At 22:18, back in living room in Northfield New Jersey house. The kids and carry their cat, Tawny. Virginia on the hobby horse again. This set ends with a family trip to New York City with views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge (at around 24:20) Tourists stand around vista spot looking through viewers at the river. and shots from a zoo, could be the Central Park Zoo with apes, monkeys, brown bears, polar bears and elephants and other animals.
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