Sam Rafel visits his hometown of Gombin in 1937

Footage depicts a 1937 trip to Gombin, Poland (123 km northwest of Warsaw) shot by Sam Rafel. All identifications are from the website of Ada Holtzman, a member of the Gombin Society. The first shot is a grainy, dark interior shot of a crowd of people. This might be the crowd that assembled for Sam […]

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Building the International Exposition in Paris

International Exposition in Paris: river, buildings and pavilions under construction for opening in May 1937 (date of this footage unknown, possibly 1935 as follows shots of Barbusse’s death in Moscow in 1935). Sign: “Exposition Internationale de 1937 section de la -nce d’outremer” Sign: “Exposition Internationale de 1937 Pavillon des Stats du Levant enterprise generale Les […]

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The J.R. Nelson, Jr. Collection, no. 14 – Family Footage

This multi-reel home movie from the Nelson family chronicles the building of the house, baby Laura and family at home, and assorted footage from a summer, including a trip to the airport, a stage play, and a workday at the office.

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The David Popp Collection, no. 1 – Friends and Family

This home movie from the David Popp collection captures family members taking part in a variety of activities. The camera pans around their neighborhood, taking in scenes of construction and of children playing, and later documents a large gathering at a park that includes a volleyball match.

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 1 – Galveston (c. 1940)

This home movie, filmed by an unknown Galveston family, captures scenes of life on the island. While much of the reel is of the family and children, footage also includes construction of a home and building the docks and boat shelters in the harbor near Fort Point. These films are part of the collection courtesy […]

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