Co-founder, Melissa, has begun collecting films which depict work parties be they retirement or holiday parties, the odd summer picnic. It has become a bit of an obsession perhaps because they are a bit hard to find! The captions in [brackets] include labels from the original item in “quotation marks.” We add estimated dates and other details.
“Amateur Film — [Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation, Homestead District Works] Supervisors Picnic,” June 11, 1949. Courtesy of Prelinger Archives via Internet Archive.
Below is a list of films we will be digitizing in the coming months.
- #180. [“Baba’s Retire(ment) + Shop,” 1950s.] 8mm. Color. Footage of a large banquet with attendees in fancy dress, a speech, clapping and goofing, and images of what looks like a machine shop.
- #280. [“Store Party, SBHS Cafeteria, Nov. 5, 1940.”] 16mm. Color. San Bernardino’s Harris Company Department Store employees at a Thanksgiving dinner party held in their honor in San Bernardino High School’s cafeteria. The camera scans around the room to attendees, a band, a talent routine, and rests for a bit on a man who is likely a member of the Harris family and his wife. A few glimpses at the end of the historic department store in its heyday at the corners of Third and E Streets.