Item : 2011-016.3 - Family movies from 1928 - early roll - Ruby, Chris, Kay - wedding, Valleen etc.

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Family movies from 1928 - early roll - Ruby, Chris, Kay - wedding, Valleen etc.

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AM1590-: 2011-016.3

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  • [1926-1961] (Photography)
    Thompson, George
    Dates of creation based on title on original film case as well as stock date years of film: 1926, 1928, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1939, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1955, 1959, 1961.

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1 film reel (1 hr., 1 min., 3 sec. ; 503 m) : acetate, original, [18 fps], reversal, b&w and col., si. ; 16 mm

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Item is a film consisting of several amateur films that have been spliced together. Footage documents the life of the George and Ruby (nee Wood) Thompson family from approximately 1928-1961. The film includes footage of significant family events such as the couple’s courtship, engagement and 1930 wedding, bringing home their baby daughter Valleen, and Christmas celebrations and holiday meals. Film also includes footage of numerous family scenes and subjects such as playing at the beach, picnicking, swimming, the family’s houses and pets, daughters Valleen and Hellene, and George and Ruby tending to and riding horses.

Film also includes footage of Vancouver attractions, including the Thompsons skiing and playing in the snow at Grouse Mountain circa 1928, and visiting the Stanley Park ornamental gardens and zoo in the 1930s.

The order of the stock date years of the films is as follows: 1929, 1926, 1928, 1939, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1945, 1959, 1955, 1946, 1961, 1948 and 1947.

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Creases at 25'1 to 25'4, 236'17 to 236'19, 246'1 to 246'4, 246'7 to 246'12 and 321'34 to 321'36. Perforation damage at 110'25, 273'29, 286'9, 287'12, 321'27, 333'16, 370'33, 626'15, 845'6, 1029'2, 1134'25, 1342'12. Damage from melting at 97'34, 369'33 and 918'1 to 918'3. Warping is very pronounced and film is creased throughout the section running from 818'39 to 996'37.

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Fresh white leader attached to the head and tail of the film. All tears and splices have been repaired or reinforced with tape. Film was digitized Fall 2011.

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Running speed is unknown but assumed to be 18 fps.

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