Saturday, May 10, 2014

Filson's old Louisville home movies have been restored.

Fascinating stuff.

Early moving film of Lou. in 20s discovered, by Doug Proffitt (WHAS11)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Trolley cars moving up and down Jefferson Street at Fifth. Steamboats chugging through frozen Ohio River in 1933. Charles Lindbergh landing at Bowman Field as part of his triumphant tour of America.

People have seen photographs of early Louisville, but not moving film from this era.
Home movies dating from 1927 to 1933. It was rare for anyone to have a home movie camera at that time.

The film has been sitting in the original film cans since then. Two different families had the movies. The men who shot the scenes left their movies to the Filson Historical Society as part of their last will and testament. The Filson just recently got money from a federal grant to start the process of transferring this delicate film to digital.

More video clips are at the Filson Historical Society site at YouTube. Also, don't forget the Filson Historical Society web site.

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