ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9198
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- 1980s vacation, 1980s road trip, 1980s home movies, Gateway Arch, St. Louis, 1980s vehicles, 1980s dashboard camera, Tampa, Orlando, Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle, Jungle Cruise, 1980s fashion, 1980s tourism, Disney, Disney mascots, Busch Gardens, 1980s zoos, 1980s entertainment, 1980, 1980s, 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.
1980. (0:07) Virginia stands by the Gateway Arch at St. Louis. Camera pans up to the top of the arch. (0:28) A shot of the city of St. Louis. (0:43) More footage of Virginia in front of the arch. (0:51) Plaque of the Gateway Arch before the camera pans up to the top of it. (1:06) Various shots of steamboats and the city skyline from inside the arch. (2:04) The inside of some sort of large flower bazaar. (2:15) They are inside a large greenhouse bio-dome. (2:26) Virginia inspects some leaves.
(2:39) Dashboard cam shot of the open road. Apparently Arthur and Virginia travelled from St. Louis to Tampa, FL. Arthur proudly has “3700 mi” marked on the outside of the film canister. (2:54) Car is parked at a highway rest stop or motel. (3:29) View from a white train. (3:37) Now they are in a large boat surrounded by numerous other passengers. (3:50) Shot of someone in a speedboat. (3:53) Camera zooms in on Cinderella’s Castle (at Disney World) in the distance. (4:02) More shots of people in boats. (4:06) An old fashioned train pulls into a station. (4:16) Virginia poses in front of the station. (4:24) Shot of a bunch of tables with umbrellas over them. (4:33) Quick shot of the Jungle Cruise ride. (4:36) Shots from the Jungle Cruise ride show the various animatronics of elephants, monkeys, gorillas, and more. The tour guide speaks charismatically into a microphone. “I’m, surprised they would go there by themselves,” writes Jini.
(6:42) Close up of Virginia’s face. The camera zooms in on a cultural recreation of some sort of structure. (6:49) Waterfalls, fire and toucans at yet another Disney exhibit. (7:00) Dark footage of some sort of ride or attraction. (7:04) Close up of Cinderella’s Castle. (7:12) Arthur, wearing a cowboy hat, laughs and walks toward the camera. (7:22) Shot of Disney’s Main Street. (7:27) Virginia walking across a bridge in Magic Kingdom. (7:42) Horse drawn carriage in a busy square. (7:49) Kids pose for a photograph with a character from recently released Disney film: “The Rescuers.” (7:52) A little child poses with Minnie Mouse. (7:58) Camera pans over some sort of desert themed attraction. (8:10) Shot of a busy street in Magic Kingdom. (8:16) Shot of the Dumbo ride. (8:22) Shot of what appears to be Tomorrowland(?).
(8:32) Quick closeup of a bird in some flowers. (8:34) There’s a parade going on in Magic Kingdom. Crowds gather as a cartoon train rolls slowly through the street. Many familiar characters such as Alice, Pinocchio, and even Mickey Mouse appear. (9:26) Some “human” parade runners in Mickey Mouse shirts sing into microphones. (9:39) Shot of Magic Kingdom from a ski lift.
(9:46) Shot of a race car themed attraction. (9:49) Another shot from the ski lift. (9:55) Shot of Cinderella’s Castle. (10:00) More shots of Magic Kingdom from above.
(10:10) A sign for “The Dark Continent: Busch Gardens” (http://bgwfans.com/2009/the-history-of-busch-gardens-tampa/). (10:13) Footage from a belly dancing performance.
(10:49) There’s a shot of a lake full of birds. (10:59) An orangutan wanders around an exhibit. (11:10) Shot of a log flume ride as one of the logs plummets over the drop. (11:18) There’s some sort of traditional drumming show where the performers also spin things around themselves. (11:35) A man performs with dogs, having them go up and down a slide and jump through a ring. (12:05) A chimp in clothes drives a carriage being pulled by a large dog. (12:27) Two performers ride elephants and have them balance on a small ball and stools. They also get the elephants to stand on their hind legs and walk a balance beam.
(13:31) Still in Busch Gardens, we get shots of various animals such as giraffes, zebras, and giant tortoises from a safari train. (15:27) View of Animal Kingdom. Camera zooms in on a sign that says “West Africa Tenting Company.” (15:39) A shot of the sign for the Festhaus show. The Festhaus is now mainly used as a restaurant at the park. (15:45) A shot of the aforementioned show. Traditional German dancing in traditional German garb. (16:20) Virginia is in front of a sign for an exhibit called Dolphins of the Deep. The show appears to have been discontinued since then. (16:33) Shot of a tiger in its exhibit. (16:48) Split-second shot of a water arena.
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