ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9212 16 17
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- 1960s home movies, 1960s family life, 1960s vacations, 1960s trains, Philadelphia, Northfield, New Jersey, Delaware, 1960s suburban family life, 1960s pets, 1960s high school, 1960s wrestling, 1960s sports, New York City, World’s Fair, 1970s Christmas, 1970s holiday tradition, 1960s fashion, 1968, 1960s, Al Larvick Fund
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.
1968 (?) More undated reels. Scratchy black & white film. (0:08) Panning over what appears to be a train station. (0:18) Going up the escalator. (0:27) The train pulls into the station. (0:40) Another shot of a train in the distance. (0:56) Shots of the tracks filmed out of the front of the train. Apartments, telephone poles, and other trains pass by. It’s probably the train that goes from Lindenwold, NJ to Philadelphia, a train that Jini takes fairly often. (3:58) The train goes up on the Ben Franklin Bridge. The reel is labeled “train trip to Philadelphia with Wendy” but she is nowhere to be seen. (5:17) Virginia and a little girl on the city street. (5:21) Another view of the city street. (5:27) More dark footage of the city. (5:58) Train passes through a tunnel. (6:09) Footage from the train as it heads back to New Jersey. (7:46) We see Jini, Wendy and Lois on the inside of the train. (7:54) More shots of the train moving. (9:35) Quick shot of the inside of the train. (9:46) More views from the train. (9:55) The train is parked at the station. (10:03) The whole family departing the station.
(10:23) Shots of Jini’s uncle’s house in Delaware. This is before her cousins came to live with her. (10:49) The family departs the house, including Duke the dog (who they used to bring along). (11:13) Two of the girls toss the ball around in the backyard. (12:13) Double exposed footage of the kids riding their bikes. (13:30) Various shots of Jini’s church which was under construction.
(15:20) Next we get underexposed footage of Jini’s brother Vance and/or cousin Jimmy wrestling in high school. It’s a bit difficult to see the action. At some points you can make out a few details such as the referee.
(19:10) Now we switch back to color footage with Jini’s parents and their friends Gloria and Nelson Amy. They are probably at the World’s Fair in NYC 1964. There’s a large crowd walking around the area. (19:27) Camera pans up a large facade that looks like a Gothic cathedral. (19:32) Virginia and Gloria walk by. (19:39) Shot of the crowd. (19:46) Hundreds of people are seated in stands that slowly rise off the ground. (20:43) Panning shot of the futuristic fairground. (21:02) Quick crowd shot. (21:06) Ski lifts going over the giant Unisphere while a helicopter flies overhead (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_New_York_World%27s_Fair). (21:23) A tram rolls by. (21:29) Virginia and Gloria walking off. (21:39) The Unisphere. (21:48) The Observatory Towers. (21:57) Another shot of the giant globe. (22:15) A ferris wheel for US Royal Tires (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniroyal_Giant_Tire). (22:25) Large fountain at night. (22:35) More night shots the fair.
(22:45) Jini hugs her niece and gets into the car at Lois’ house. Little kids are hiding by the house. (23:20) Jini greets her sister’s family as they arrive for Christmas 1970. (24:09) Fade into shot of Christmas decorations at night.
(24:54) 1970/71. Joni and her friend Lisa play in the yard with Duke, chasing his around with a tree branch. One of them slips and falls in the snow but gets right back up again. They play until the video ends.
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