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).

Items in this collection: 82
Showing 1 - 10 of 82:
1) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 2
Raising the flag. Chopping shrubs with axes. Children on back of car. Old man sharpening and using scythe. Horse-drawn hay cutter. Family with dog (retriever) outside near porch. Horse-...more
2) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 2
Man [Uncle 'El'] mowing with horse drawn mower.more
3) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 3
Box notes: 'Begins with road at W.L. Haying, Maxim (year of Lennie and Gammon). also Helen Colby and ? Stearns. Eclipse. 1932.' // Tree-lined road and panorama. Haying with mountains in...more
4) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 4
Moving large logs with automobile. Man sorting apples. Panorama from high field, mountains, stone wall.more
5) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 5
Large gathering of people dressed in eighteenth-century formal attire (tall 'stovepipe' hats, Victorian-style dresses). Man riding antique bicycle (penny farthing), large front wheel. P...more
6) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 6
Baby taking first steps, with doll. Child observing detailed quilts hung on a clothes line. One child pulling another in Victorian-style wicker wagon. Wood paneled station wagon.more
7) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 7A
Can/box notes: 'Akers painting girl.' // Man painting portrait of girl. Girl and portrait, side by side. Shot of girl from artist's angle, with side lighting.more
8) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 7B
Can/box notes: '1933 1st [foot] torn.' 'Soft ball BW and ferns last. Maxim 97th.' 'Nellie sweeping steps.' // Family throwing large ('medicine'?) balls in field. Laughing children. Butt...more
9) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 8
Waterfalls in wooded area. Woman climbing rocks near stream. Ferns and child.more
10) [Elizabeth Woodman Wright--home movies] Reel 9
Can/box notes: 'Flowers at least at start.' // Flowers. Graveyard. Ox in harness.more
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