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We know we’ve written about this clip in the past: Specifically, it was No. 1 in our top 10 archival finds of 2011-2012.
But with tomorrow’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, we figured we should post it again to show folks who didn’t see it originally – and a perfect opportunity to give everyone else another fleeting glimpse of the young president while he was still alive.
This comes from some color 8mm film that we converted about a year ago for a PPP client,who generously gave us permission to share it with the world. The client’s family vacationed in Massachusetts during the summer and did so apparently near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port. Our best guess is that it is from 1962, a year before JFK was assassinated.
The short snippet depicts the Kennedys pulling up in their car to attend church. Somewhat remarkably – and almost unthinkable now – we see the President get out of the driver’s seat of his car.
We have slowed down the film and zoomed in on both JFK and Jackie to help you fully appreciate this historical find.
What bits of history do you still have in your closet? You’ll never know until you have your films and videos digitized at Priceless Photo Preservation at 122 South Main Street, Suite 110C in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are still accepting orders for holiday delivery. So stop in or give us a call to arrange a free in-home pickup at 734-219-3916.
At Ann Arbor-based Priceless Photo Preservation, we don’t want to be the car dealership or the computer store that hopes you to come in every few years to buy the latest model.
When we convert your photos, slides, home movies, videos and audio recordings, we take steps to make sure that they will survive for years and years.
That’s why files are saved to specially coated 100-year archival disks that add an extra layer of protection against light damage. And we offer to rehouse your originals in boxes and other material used by libraries and archives.
More than that, however, we protect you against technological progress.
Does that sound kind of funny?
OK. Quick show of hands. How many of you have 3 1/2-inch diskettes you can still access? Zip disks?
How about camcorder tapes? Or even VHS tapes?
We bet a lot of you have long since parted with your VCRs.
The lightning-fast evolution of recorded media storage was brought to the fore yesterday with news that DISH network was officially closing all Blockbuster stores.
This seems slightly unbelievable to us old enough to remember the chain as a juggernaut that dominated the 90s and early 2000s’ retail landscape.
The culprit was nicely summed up in a headline for a New York Times story: “Internet Kills The Video Store.”
Basically, the demand for renting DVDs (and before that, videotapes) has dramatically dropped with Netflix now offering both rentals by mail and internet streaming.
With Netflix shifting its focus away from physical DVDs and computer manufacturers such as Apple no longer including DVD/CD drives in their MacBooks, it looks like the DVD will be the next technological dinosaur.
Which is roundabout way of discussing a feature that we at Ann Arbor-based Priceless Photo Preservation offer as part of our standard package of film and video conversions: Something that no else does.
Yes, you get the playable DVD for instant gratification. But we also give your conversions to you on a separate data disk as Quicktime files. That means you can upload them to videosharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, edit them with programs such as iMovie and make endless copies for your friends and family.
More importantly, however, we make sure that once the DVD player becomes just as much an antique as your VCR, you’re not stuck with useless conversions. Your digital files can be stored on a computer so that your streaming devices (Roku, AppleTV or whatever is on the horizon) can access them and put them on your TV screen. And whatever comes next technologically, you are ready to make the transition.
Because really, you never know what’s coming up next.
Just ask the folks at Blockbuster.
If you need to get films /home movies converted, you also know that we are the ones to contact.
Same with converting home videos. Or scanning photos, albums and scrapbooks.
But let’s say you want to get a little more ambitious: A holiday gift or some other commemoration of a special occasion.
We can do that too.
With Hanukkah about a month away and Christmas a mere two months away, we wanted to give everyone in southeast Michigan a heads up on some (we think) terrific gift suggestions.
Last year, we published these suggestions on our blog as 12 different entries. This time, we will combine them all into one as a series of links. The links will open in separate windows, so don’t worry about losing your place.
Remember: To ensure timely holiday delivery without rush charges, please get in contact with us as soon as possible. We offer pick-up and drop-off service in southeast Michigan, as well as walk-in service at our downtown Ann Arbor office at 122 South Main Street, Suite 110C.
Gift Idea #1: Digitize your Family’s Audio Recordings.
Gift Idea #2: Give Those Hidden Photo Albums A Second Life.
Gift Idea #3: Bring Back Movie and Slide Nights.
Gift Idea #4: Digital and Historical Restoration of Your Past.
Gift Idea #5: Hardcover Book of Your Child’s Artwork.
Gift Idea #6: Yes, We Also Convert Really Old Home Movies!
Gift Idea #7: Solving The “I Don’t Know Where To Start” Problem.
Gift Idea #8: Organizing – and Digitizing – Your Really Large Collection of Home Videos.
Gift Idea #9: Creating an Online Archive For Your Family.
Gift Idea #10: Making Old Home Movies Even More Meaningful.
Gift Idea #11: The Solution For Relatives Who “Don’t Do Digital.”
Gift Idea #12: We Also Offer Gift Certificates.
After all, how can anyone be comfortable celebrating the life of a man whose arrival in the “New World” started the systematic genocide of the Carib Indians and all of the original natives of the Americas?
And never mind the introduction of such evil institutions as the Spanish Inquisition, which led to years and years of persecution and religious intolerance.
That said, there is something impressive with what one man and his crew accomplished back in 1492 when they set about “to sail the ocean blue.” And that is illustrated by this 1971 slide we recently digitized for a client, who generously allowed us to share it with you. WE are posting it as our way of commemorating Columbus Day 2013.
It is a photo of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Columbus’ fleet. Well, not the actual ship. As a lot of folks know, the ship ran aground in Haiti on Christmas 1492 and Columbus decided to take it apart and build another ship. In fact, our only idea of what it looked like and how large it was comes from first-hand accounts of the time.
The replica shown in this photograph was built by the Franco regime and resided in Barcelona harbor until it was destroyed purportedly by anarchists in 1992. The Spanish government has since built a new one and it remains a tourist attraction to this day.
As the picture shows, the Santa Maria was no larger than a medium-sized yacht and was never intended for exploration. And yet Columbus, along with about 40 crewmates, was able to do what no one (or let’s just say few) had ever done: Sail more than 4,000 miles across the Atlantic to the “New World.” Let’s not forget there was no navigation equipment, except for some faulty maps, a sextant, a compass and the stars to guide them.
Pretty amazing, if you ask us.
Even if you’re not from Michigan, you probably know about Interlochen.
Norah Jones, Ed Helms. Josh Groban. Lorin Maazel. Jessye Norman. Rufus Wainwright. Peter Yarrow.
These important cultural figures – along with more than 70,000 other alumni – have attended either the Interlochen Arts Camp or Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan. Situated on 1,200 acres of lakefront land about 15 miles from Traverse City, the Interlochen Center for the Arts (the umbrella term for all of its offerings) has been educating musicians, actors and other artists for decades.
This summer, we at Priceless Photo Preservation had the opportunity to help the institution rediscover and preserve a vital part of its history: Namely, a series of nearly 50-year-old 16mm films that we digitized and preserved for the academy.
With Interlochen’s kind permission, we are showing you perhaps the most important film in this collection: “Just Call Me Joe,” a 26-minute documentary from 1966.
Featuring an introduction from the renown conductor Eugene Ormandy, the color film includes conversations and candid moments with Interlochen founder Joseph E. Maddy in the summer before his death at age 74 in 1966.
A well-known music educator, Maddy founded what was originally called the National High School Orchestra and Band Camp in 1927 after several years in Ann Arbor, where he was supervisor of music in the city’s public school system and headed the University of Michigan’s Music Department. The camp was established after Maddy was asked to organize and conduct a National High School Orchestra – first in Detroit in 1926, the second at a conference in Dallas 1927. The success of these endeavors encouraged Maddy to pursue an idea he had proposed previously: That talented young musicians needed to spend several weeks an isolated and peaceful place where they could receive intensive musical education and further develop their craft alongside their peers.
About ten years into its existence, Interlochen broadened its curriculum to include instruction in drama and other fine arts. In 1962, the Interlochen Arts Academy was formed, becoming the nation’s first independent boarding school in the arts.
As the film makes clear, Maddy’s passion for educating talented kids is the reason why Interlochen exists today – and why many music teachers emulate the teaching methods pioneered by Maddy and Interlochen.
Please note that to meet YouTube standards and ensure smooth streaming, we scaled down the movie from the HD conversion that we produced for Interlochen’s library. It also does not include some enhancements we later made to the audio to make it sound crisper. However, we think it remains a high-quality piece of history that deserves to be seen and preserved.
Years before Ken Burns presented his comprehensive look at the national pastime, When It Was A Game presented a view of baseball that most folks had never seen: Home movie footage of players, fans and stadiums from the Great Depression all the way until the 1950s – a lot of the time in full color.
Two decades later, we at Priceless Photo Preservation have managed to preserve something along those lines: A small snippet of a 1940 game at Chicago’s Comiskey Park between the White Sox and the Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins).
The color footage was captured on an 8 mm camera by the family of a PPP client, who generously allowed us to share this clip with you.
Shown below, this 73-year-old field-level film does not show much: A bit of pre-game shagging, a few pitches , a run being scored and a look at several mostly unidentifiable players. Among the Senators we think we can recognize are pitcher Walt Masterson (at 0:18 mark, warming up), a 1948 All-Star game starter who would become a lifelong friend of Ted Williams, and infielder Sherry Robertson (signing autographs at the 0:12 mark), a Montreal native and a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
What makes this film especially valuable, however, is the brief but memorable footage of one of baseball’s original clown princes: Nick Altrock, a former player and coach who moonlighted in the offseason as a vaudeville duo, first with Germany Schaefer and later with the better known Al Schacht. Supposedly, during the height of his performing career – when he would reenact Jack Dempsey fights, among other routines – he earned more money than Babe Ruth.
Altrock, who began pitching in 1898 and appeared as a pinch hitter at the age of 57 in 1933, is one of only two players to appear in a Major League game in five different decades. (Minnie Minoso is the other). His 42 years as a Senator coach (his official role in the film we preserved) made his tenure with one franchise the longest in Major League history.
But that’s besides the point when it comes to this film, which sees him mugging for the camera and doing a quasi-juggling act. In fact, we love it so much that we isolated it and slowed it down so that everyone can appreciate its wackiness. It’s highly possible that we see Altrock on the mound later in the longer film excerpt, crawling around in the dirt and performing for the Comiskey crowd.