Philip J. Abbott Collection
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Primary Format and Extent
film (4,800 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. reversal pos.
Secondary Format and Extent
film (1600 ft.) : si., b&w ; 9.5 mm. print.
Collection Date Range
1926 - 1941
Summary
Collection contains [Abbott family--home movies] consisting primarily of summer activities in Maine, including golfing, picnics, a wedding, fishing on Moosehead Lake, and the dedication of Carlton Bridge in Bath, with some intertitles. "The Ladies Travel South" is four reels of an automobile trip to Florida in 1928, and visits to North Carolina and Washington D.C. in 1933. Members of the Cushman family and the Ault family appear. Collection also contains educational/cultural works: prints of commercial productions "The Falls of Yosemite Park" and "Pathe Presents Memorials of a Nation." Collection also contains various Pathe feature films: 32 reels of 9.5 mm. film starring Harold Lloyd, Paul Parrot and Will Rogers; titles include "Over the Fence," "Winner Take All," and "Just Passin' Thru."
Biographical/Historical Notes
Edward Farrington Abbott, Sr., Philip Abbott's grandfather, was born in 1882 in Colorado and died in Auburn Maine in 1952. He attended Bowdoin College and upon graduation in 1903 he went to work for his uncle's shoe company. Charles L. Cushman was president of the Cushman Hollis Company, which in the 1920s was the largest shoe manufacturer under one roof, making white canvas shoes. Charles and Lena Cushman had no children, but they were very close to Lena’s sister’s children, especially Edward his brother Charles Cushman Abbott. Following Charles Cushman's death in 1914 his nephews, Edward and Charles Cushman took over the Company. After a significant strike in 1933-1934, the company ceased manufacturing and became an investment firm. Subsequently, Edward Farrington Abbott started the Charles Cushman Company manufactured shoes in Auburn into the 1960s.

Edward Farrington Abbott married Mary Hale Dana in 1906 and they had 6 children.

Genre(s)
Amateur
Place(s)
Items in this collection: 22
Showing 1 - 10 of 22:
1) The Ladies Travel South, 1928--Edward Farrington Abbott--home movies. Reel 1
First of four reels on a trip to the South. NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96: (10 min.) 'The Ladies Travel South, a four reel picture of scenes from Pinehurst, N.C. to the Mississippi Delta...more
2) The Ladies Travel South, 1928--Edward Farrington Abbott--home movies. Reel 2
Travel scenes from Florida towns. NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96: (12 min.) Alligator and ostrich farm. Alligators sliding down slides, creeping through shadows. Ostriches running toward...more
3) The Ladies Travel South, 1928--Edward Farrington Abbott--home movies. Reel 3
Amateur: Travel scenes in Florida resort towns. NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96: (11 min.; film has red tint) Shipwreck. Women pretend to scream. Hurricane aftermath: trees blown down, lim...more
4) The Ladies Travel South, 1928--Edward Farrington Abbott--home movies. Reel 4
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96: (7 min.) Tallahassee to Mississippi Delta. 'Tobacco planters.' Group in the distance. Pigs running along road. Herd of cattle. Men changing tire. New Orlea...more
5) State of Maine Dedicates Carlton Bridge, 1928--Edward Farrington Abbott--home movies. Reel 5
Amateur. First 17 ft. perf. damage and brittle. 1928 footage, with Title 'Opening the Bake,' man selects corn and clams from large pit clambake. About 12 people look at men around clamb...more
6) Wrights Manor and Poland Spring, 1928--Edward Farrington Abbott--home movies. Reel 6
Amateur. Title, 'Summertime in Maine.' 'Wright's Manor, Norway' [Maines]. Man in plus-fours on road. Cars parked near stone house. Dog on lawn. Rapid pan of landscape. Women in cloche h...more
7) Maine family activities--Edward Farrington Abbott--home movies. Reel 7
Amateur footage. NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96: (20 min.) Augusta, Me. State House. Lisbon Street, Lewiston. Mill. River. Pan to bridge. Waterfall, dam. 'Bowdoin Pines.' Pan of trees up...more
8) Falls of Yosemite Park, Pools and Mirrored Lakes of Yosemite Park, & Memorials of a Nation
Sepia colored stock 1) Cine Arts Productions Presents "The Falls of Yosemite Park" 2) Cine Arts Productions Presents "Pools and Mirrored Lakes of Yosemite Park" 3) Pathe presents "Me...more
9) [Abbott family--home movies] Reel 1
Wild Pines, North Carolina, 1926. Woman taking pictures in park. Game of golf on frozen pond. Pan of brick building in winter, women in furs walking. Summer picnic. Eating apple pie. Si...more
10) [Abbott family--home movies] Reel 2
1927 Lena Cushman's Trip to Bangor Charlie Cushman, Chauffeurmore
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