ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9146
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- 1960s home movies, 1960s home movie title cards, 1960s Americana, 1960s American life, 1960s suburbs, 1960s family road trips, 1960s children, 1960s teens, 1960s Wildwood New Jersey, 1960s Northfield New Jersey, 1960s Atlantic City, 1960s Jersey Shores, 1960s amusement rides, 1960s boardwalk, 1960s amusement rides, 1960s eastern seaboard, 1960s zoo, 1960s Delaware airport, 1960s storm, Atlantic City storm, 1960s tweens playing, 1960s Eastern Airlines, 1960s plane, Al Larvick Fund, New Jersey, Northfield, 1961, 1960s
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.
Clip #9146 begins in 1961 with a visit to the Wildwood, New Jersey Boardwalk, part of the Jersey Shores. Even though it seems to be summer, there aren’t many people around. At approx. 00:32, a shot from the roadside gradually zooms in toward a Navy ship docked in the distance. At 00:43 family members head to the beach. A shot of a long empty stretch of seashore pans to a couple combing the sand. 01:22, camera pan from houses with lighthouse in the distance to ocean shore. At approx.. 01:40, man sits at end of dilapidated pier, wife Virginia and daughter, Virginia, walk along pier. Around 01:55 a boat cruises on the sunlit water. Approx. 01:59 a rock hits the water. Approx. 2:11 wife, Virginia and daughter, Virginia walk on the beach toward the water. 2:07, shot from the beach of a boat cruising by on the ocean. At around 02:56, back at home in Northfield, New Jersey, Arthur’s sons demonstrate their yo-yo skills in their living room. At 03:25, shot of son reflected in mirror with yo-yo, television on in the background. Camera pans to kids in the living room. Daughter, Virginia runs toward camera. At approx. 03:50, wife, Virginia enters living room and seems to be “acting” as though she’s scolding the children, laughs and waves toward the camera. At around 04:18, nighttime on the boardwalk showing amusement rides with spinning cars, a ride named, The “Calypso” with its neon sign. At approx.. 05:20, there is a dark shot of a baby in a jumper. At about 05:44, a baby lies on a midcentury style sofa. At around 07:10, daughter Virginia sits on sofa with baby. At approx. 07:26, an Atlantic City storm is captured along the ocean shore. Sign reads “No Persons Allowed on Beach…” rising waves crash onto the beach. Person in the distance walks along the shore. A few people walk in wade in the water. Large pier in the background. At 08:31 kids ride bikes in suburban neighborhood during visit to Delaware. Children play in yard and around 1950s automobile. Wife Virginia emerges from inside house, touches flowers in yard, smiles to camera. At about 10:24, a caged bear and other animals at a zoo/animal park with extended family. Kids play in wooded park. Kids play by river with adults. At approx. 13:04, a airplane is parked in front of fence, reads, “Fly Eastern Airlines” on the side of plane. Plans propellers begin to turn, takes off, possibly out of Delaware. People are standing close to the tarmac. Plane pulls out toward runway. Various shots of commercial and private planes on tarmac and taking off, helicopter in the air and landing. Around 15:35 kids on swing set, 1960s automobiles behind them. Daughter Virginia and son cruises down slide and plays on teeter totter. Boys walk around front yard of suburban street.
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