Blanche Geer, PhD Memorial Collection
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Creator(s)
O.P. Geer
Primary Format and Extent
film (7,000 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16mm. reversal pos.
Collection Date Range
1930 - 1945
Summary
Collection contains [O.P. Geer--home movies], edited footage with intertitles and scenes of family life, work at the law office, travel, summer camp, boating and sailing. Collection also contains footage of an American Legion parade in New York in 1937, and battle ships in New York harbor in 1934. Included in the collection is the amateur work, "Poem of Montclair," described by Geer in Movie Makers, the magazine of the Amateur Cinema League, in the September 1933 issue. The short film shows life in a commuter's family, including early morning in Montclair, NJ, and the ferry to New York.

Collection also contains amateur fiction: a skit at Geer's law office regarding a bankruptcy case.

Biographical/Historical Notes
Blanche Geer (1920-1993) was born in New York City; she served in the Navy during World War II, later completing graduate studies in anthropology at Columbia University and her doctoral degree in education at Johns Hopkins.

Her father, Olin Potter Geer, was a member of the Amateur Cinema League and worked as a lawyer in New York City, commuting from the family's home in Montclair, New Jersey. They spent the summer months in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Genre(s)
Amateur
Place(s)
Items in this collection: 7
Showing 1 - 7 of 7:
1) [O.P. Geer--home movies] Reels 12-33
Esso gas station was on McKown Street and Todd Avenue. In 2013 a bank site. Robert Rice says Orland McKown ran the station before and during WW II, followed by Ralph Watts after the wa...more
2) [O.P. Geer--home movies] Reel 1
Collection-level description: amateur, edited footage with intertitles and scenes of family life, work at the law office, travel, summer camp, boating and sailing. Also contains footage...more
3) [O.P. Geer--home movies] Reel 2
Collection-level description: amateur, edited footage with intertitles and scenes of family life, work at the law office, travel, summer camp, boating and sailing. Also contains footage...more
4) [O.P. Geer--home movies] Reel 3
NHF Cataloguer's notes for Reel 3: Intertitle: 'In 1952, on our way home we visited New Orleans, we're in Jackson Square.' Quick shot equestrian statue. Intertitle: 'St. Louis Cathe...more
5) [O.P. Geer--home movies] Reel 4
NHF Cataloguer's notes for Reel 4: (Reel 4.) Upward tracking shot of tall city building, skyscraper. 40:01. MS of city buildings, skyscrapers. This is New York! Right track pan. of city...more
6) [O.P. Geer--home movies] Reels 5-8
Viewing Notes: Reels 5-8 Geer camp weathervane, Pemaquid, Maine. African American maid. Baby, girl on swing. Motorboat, the 'Beetle II.' Bridge. Wiscasset, schooner. Children in Kennebe...more
7) [O.P. Geer--home movies] Reels 9-11
Movie Makers, April 1933 'By the Big Dome: An amateur movie maker visits the nation's capitol,' by Olin Potter Geer, ACL, Pages 144, 160, 161 "...if you go in an open car, as we did, y...more
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