ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9194 95
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- 1970s home movies, 1970s title cards, 1970s vehicles, 1970s cars, 1970s dashboard camera, Savannah Georgia, Gay Dolphin, 1970s beach, Savannah Theatre, Noble Hardee House, Wesley Monumental Methodist Church, 1970s tourism, 1970s hotel, Barba Negra, 1970s holiday tradition, 1970s family life, 1970s suburban family life, 1970s Christmas, 1970s gifts, 1970s decorations, 1970s technology, 1970s snow, 1978, 1970s, Northfield, Al Larvick Fund, New Jersey
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. Jini’s parents on a trip to Savannah, GA. (0:08) Panning shot of the two story hotel. They are next to a Ramada Inn. (0:21) Dashcam footage. There’s a billboard for the Gay Dolphin which is a landmark gift shop on Myrtle Beach (http://www.gaydolphin.com/). (0:28) There’s a sign for a Bonanza Sirloin Pit, a chain that was founded in 1965. (0:35) Shot of Virginia exiting the family car. “I can’t believe my father has the same car,” writes Jini. (1:02) Virginia walks towards the beach where there is a large pier stretching into the ocean. (1:17) Panning shot of the beach and ocean. (1:41) Virginia examining shells on the shore. (1:48) More dashcam footage. There’s a large power plant in the distance. (2:02) Dashcam footage in the city. They are stopped by a train in front of Landy’s Cleaners (couldn’t find more details on this establishment). (2:16) Back on the road. The car goes over a large bridge. (2:46) Virginia in front of some restaurant; difficult to make out the name. (2:51) Shot from inside some large building with numerous arches.
(2:59) A quaint park in Savannah. The camera zooms in on a building. (3:08) Virginia walks down a Savannah city street. (3:27) Shots of the trees and graves in a cemetery. (3:46) Shot of the sign for Chippewa Square (http://www.visit-historic-savannah.com/chippewasquare.html). (3:56) Shot of the marquee of the Savannah Theatre: “The Oldest Operating Theatre in the U.S.” (http://www.savannahtheatre.com/). It appears to be showing “Fiona on Fire” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077550/). Rated X! (4:04) A shot of the square and its large statue. (4:14) Shot of a building. Camera zooms in on an information sign but it is difficult to read. (4:23) A city street and some historical buildings. (5:00) More views of the square. (5:09) Some historic buildings. (5:25) Camera pans up a column with a figure on top. (5:30) Shot of Arthur sitting on a bench. (5:51) Shot of a mansion and street corner. The location would make the mansion the Noble Hardee House (http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/meta/html/dlg/larc/meta_dlg_larc_jlc0752.html?Welcome&Welcome). (6:12) Virginia points at a large gothic cathedral. (6:32) Sign reveals that it is the Wesley Monumental Methodist Church (http://www.visit-historic-savannah.com/wesley-monumental-church.html). (6:36) Another shot of the church. (6:53) Camera zooms on sign for Calhoun Square (http://discoverhistoricamericatours.com/savannah/savannahs-squares/calhoun-square/). (7:04) The entrance to a building. (7:08) Shot of buildings. (7:13) A large stone staircase. (7:17) We see a historic sailing ship the Barba Negra (http://savannahnow.com/stories/033000/LOCnegrabox.shtml#.WY8uY3eGOgQ) docked. (7:41) Close up of Virginia sitting on a bench. (7:45) Savannah at night. It’s dark and difficult to make out details.
(8:04) Now we are in Christmas 1978. Big “Merry Christmas” title card. Camera zooms in on it. (8:16) Now there’s a “1978” title card. (8:29) The year (written on plastic) is placed over a log cabin scene. (8:36) Shots of the indoor lighting decorations and tree. (8:52) Virginia sits in the chair. (8:55) The tree is especially large this year. (9:20) We see Jini opening a gift on the floor. She’s back living at home commuting to Stockton State and working at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. It’s a Yorx stereo! (10:02) Virginia sits on the couch while Jini shows off her nails. (10:13) Like his predecessor, Shadow rips open his squeaky toy. (10:51) We see Wendy (smoking!) with her husband Danny. (11:11) The rest of Jini’s siblings and cousins are there, all grown up now. Still all opening their gifts. Lois and her family come as well. She gives Virginia a hug. (12:06) One of Jini’s nephews smiles for the camera. (12:12) Another nephew opens his presents. (12:27) One nephew has a clown toy and a bag. (12:55) The family is seated at the dinner table. The footage is dark. The kids are at the separate table. (13:26) More gift opening. One of the younger boys opens a Digital Derby toy (http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Tomy/Derby.htm). (14:11) All the adults seated in the living room. (14:26) Cousin Jimmy with some gifts. (14:38) Cousin Wendy with a small box. (14:51) Lois holds up some jewelry. (15:01) The family passes around some sort of candy or chocolate. (15:20) Someone opens a new plaid shirt. (15:33) Virginia reads a card to one of her grandchildren. (15:58) More gift opening.
(16:03) Snow scenes taken from upstairs back window. Looks like over a foot. (16:44) Arthur films some sort of game or contraption with marbles. Numbers are written on the side of it. (17:44) More snow scenes. The cars are completely covered.
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