Michael Bernard Collection
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Creator(s)
C.W. Benjamin
Primary Format and Extent
film (875 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. print.
Collection Date Range
1920 - 1928
Summary
Collection contains two factual films, [Aroostook film] and [1920 Fair]. One shows downtown Presque Isle, Maine, on the town's centennial in 1920, and includes shots of businesses on Main Street such as the Opera House, potato and apple harvesting, hunting camps, nearby Grand Falls, and the Aroostook Valley Railroad, an electric trolley line. A.R. Gould, a businessman and politician, and W.W. Thomas, responsible for Swedish immigration to Aroostook County, are shown in the footage. Additional reels show the Northern Maine Fair in Presque Isle in 1920 and 1928. All three films are intertitled.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Michael Bernard ran the Braden Theatre in Presque Isle, Maine, until it closed in 1993. The films were found in the basement of the theater. Aroostook County is the largest, most northern county in Maine. C.W. Benjamin, who ran Frontier Films in Fort Fairfield, Maine, was responsible for at least a portion of the work.
People and Organizations
A. R. Gould
Genre(s)
Promotional
Place(s)
Items in this collection: 6
Showing 1 - 6 of 6:
1) [1928 Fair, Governor Brewster] (NHF Reel 2)
Aroostook County footage. NHF cataloguer's notes as follows. Intertitles in quotes. Reel 2: [label: '1928 Fair, Governor Brewster,' approx. 430 ft.] Title: 'Northern Maine Fair, Presque...more
2) [1920 Fair]
NITRATE // NFPF grant allowed for film transfer to beta, 3/4' and VHS. Transfer is a little slow. Compared to film 'Aroostook County 1920s'- Acc 0916. Confident that there is no overlap...more
3) Aroostook County, 1920s DISTRIBUTION MASTER
DISTRIBUTION MASTER. // For distribution duplication only.more
4) [Presque Isle scenes, ca.1920] (NHF Reel 1)
Aroostook County footage. General description: One shows downtown Presque Isle on the town's centennial in 1920, and includes shots of businesses on Main Street such as the Opera House,...more
5) Aroostook County, 1920s
NHF edited version of Presque Isle films from Michael Bernard Collection/acc. 0916. 'Edit master' made 12/31/94. With sound track compiled by Danny Patt, recorded by Clayton Smith.more
6) Aroostook County, 1920s
NHF edit of Michael Bernard Collection footage in preparation for making final version of 'Aroostook County, 1920s' video. Has time codes. The Michael Bernard Collection/acc.0916 contai...more
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