Walter Woodman Wright Collection
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Credit: Walter Woodman Wright Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Birthday gathering for Mrs. Maxim, an elderly neighbor.
Primary Format and Extent
film (3,000 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. reversal pos.
Collection Date Range
1929 - 1948
Collection contains [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies], primarily scenes of summer activities at Windy Ledge Farm in Paris, Maine. Footage has intertitles and shows plowing and harvesting with horse-powered equipment, working in the orchard, picnic outings, family pets, cutting trails and shingling the barn. Fiddler Mellie Dunham appears, playing outdoors. Wikipedia

Vivian Milner Akers, an artist from Norway, Maine, is shown painting a portrait.

Biographical/Historical Notes
The properties shown in the film, in Paris, Maine, were held by two adjacent titles: one farm by L.E. ("Uncle El") Thayer, the other, Windy Ledge Farm, by Prof. C.H.C. Wright. Elizabeth Woodman Wright, married to C.H.C. Wright, did most of the filming with a Kodak camera she purchased in 1928. The Wright family lived in Cambridge, Mass., most of the year, spending the summer in Maine.

Wright Family Papers, 1826-2003 Massachusetts Historical Society includes papers of professor C. H. C. Wright (husband), and the papers of Elizabeth Woodman Wright (creator), Walter Woodman Wright (son and donor).

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