ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9201 04
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- 1980s home movies, 1980s vacation, 1980s family life, 1980s nature, 1980s birthday party, 1980s Easter tradition, Vermont, Ticonderoga, 1980s tourism, 1980s fashion, St. Augustine, Florida, Lightner Museum, EPCOT, Kennedy Space Center, Days Inn, 1980s short film, Atlantic City boardwalk, 1980s wedding, 1980s party, baby parade, 1981, 1980s, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 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.
1981 (0:08) Shot of grain flowing in the wind. Joni is not sure where this video was shot. (0:16) Shots of a lake taken from the seat of a car. (0:37) Virginia uses binoculars to gaze at the other side of the lake. (0:49) Shots from a highway overpass. (1:14) Another shot of Virginia observing the lake. There’s a small house at one end. There’s a small duration of blank screen. (1:42) Shaky camera footage of walking by a fence. (1:50) More footage of the grain. (2:05) Geese and their babies by the lake. (2:34) Another shot of the lake.
1982 (2:42) Now we are at Jini’s house. Most of the family is there to celebrate her 23rd birthday. They are all sitting at the dinner table. (3:03) Shot of the flower centerpiece on the table. (3:16) Shot of birds eating on the pavement. (3:28) Now we are at Easter morning. The family is dressed in their Sunday best as they head off to church.
(3:56) Shot of a rainbow as Arthur and Virginia head to Vermont to visit the Ticonderoga (https://shelburnemuseum.org/collection/steamboat-ticonderoga/). Once again they are with Lois and her husband. (4:07) Dashcam footage through an autumnal forest. (4:22) Car goes through a small toll booth (fare is 50 cents) and over a bridge. (5:11) A bunch of tourists at a rest stop or station. (5:18) An old steam train that says “Central Vermont” (http://www.american-rails.com/central-vermont-railway.html). (5:53) Shot of the large Ticonderoga steamboat. (6:03) A horse carriage for Shelburne Dairy (http://www.shelburnefarms.org/about/farm-products/the-dairy). The view is from some sort of tour carriage. Some old fashioned buildings in the difference. (6:31) A view of the Ticonderoga from the front. (6:42) A view of the tour car. (6:48) Virginia walking down a path. (6:58) Here may be an interior shot of the ship. (7:08) Lois and her husband walking down a path near a cottage. (7:25) People enter a brick clocktower building. (7:34) Lois’ husband picks an apple from a tree. (7:46) A barn with a cartoon turkey on it.
(7:55) Dark footage of the inside of a building. (8:07) Virginia in a stockade. (8:14) Quick shot of Lois. (8:18) Back on the hilly road. The car passes through a small town. (9:21) Family walking around in a building on the side of a hill. (9:32) Back on the road in a mountainous region. (11:39) They pass a sign that says “Rensselaer” which is a college in NY, placing them in that city. Some shots of the highway and buildings in the area.
(12:02) Now we are in St. Augustine, Florida. There’s a horse drawn carriage in front of an old stone structure. (12:06) Quick shot of the fort in the distance (https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/castillo-de-san-marcos). (12:08) Virginia walking down a St. Augustine street. (12:18) Virginia standing in front of the fort. (12:43) A crowd enters through the drawbridge of the fort. (12:48) Shot of the inner square of the fort. (13:05) The view of cannons and the sea from the top of the fort. Virginia walks up to one of the cannons. (13:45) Arthur examines each of the cannons. (14:16) Camera zooms in on a tour group below. (14:28) Virginia walks around the garden of the Lightner Museum (http://lightnermuseum.org/).
(14:49) Now, we see the giant silver ball of EPCOT. Virginia walks down the parking lot. (14:59) We see a sign for the now-closed Universe of Energy attraction (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universe_of_Energy) and the large groups of tourists around. (15:24) View from the cart of a ride (possibly Universe of Energy?). (15:40) Shot of a large fountain with close up of Virginia. (15:55) Two large pyramid structures in the distance as well as a park map. (16:06) Another large futuristic fountain. (16:21) Virginia walks around a rotating decorative hedge. (16:35) View from inside the glass pyramid.
(16:42) Now we are at the Kennedy Space Center, something Arthur would like (as stated by Jini). There are numerous space rockets. (16:57) View of the buildings of the center from the tour bus (https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/). (17:20) The bus passes right by a large rocket engine. Camera zooms in on numerous launch pads and buildings that pass by. (18:28) Large rocket set up in a launch pad. (19:00) Quick shot of “Launch Complex 39 Launch Record” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Space_Center_Launch_Complex_39). Then more shots of the pad. (19:16) Shots of some rockets dismantled on the ground. (19:43) Another shot of a large building with an American flag on it. (19:48) Bus is now right up close to the launch pad.
(20:29) Shot of their motel, a Days Inn with a “Tasty World” attached to it. The camera pans all the way around.
(21:06) This next part is something Jini filmed for a college project on the Atlantic City boardwalk (full video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXNvbo0iox8). It shows two people with horses on the beach. (21:22) A woman looks out over a railing (there’s a billboard for Zaberer’s, a historic boardwalk restaurant: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/gallery/historical/a-look-back-at-zaberers-restaurant/collection_c608a9ea-2445-11e6-bb03-7b553a47fb0a.html). (21:37) The woman turns around and walks toward the camera. (21:49) She walks across the street to James Saltwater Taffy (https://www.jamescandy.com/). (22:18) She’s looking in the window as a man in sunglasses approaches her and follows her as she walks away. (22:52) The girl starts running away, the camera angles are very dramatic. Footage is a bit dark. (23:18) She runs away from the camera and down some stairs. (23:38) She runs around a corner. (23:58) A car approaches her but the footage gets too dark to tell what is happening.
(24:20) Now we are at Jini’s (first) wedding reception in 1983. They are in the backyard of her parent’s house. She was married to this husband for 18 months. There’s a large yellow tent set up. Joni’s garter is removed and thrown. (24:54) Jini throws her bouquet and people start dancing. (25:36) Shot of some family members seated at the reception.
(25:46) This last scene is Virginia and one of Jini’s nieces in a baby parade with her cousin’s son at Birch Grove Park in Northfield. Virginia is dressed in a Japanese sari. Camera zooms in on the baby in the stroller. (25:55) Shot of the various babies and baby carriages. There’s even a Tarzan themed one. The babies are paraded down the street.
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