Unobskey Collection
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Primary Format and Extent
video (approx. 3,000 min.) : si., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Collection Date Range
1928 - 1959
Collection contains [Unobskey--home movies] with intertitles showing scenes of Jewish family life spanning four decades. Footage includes graduations, birthday parties and other family celebrations, ice skating and summer picnics, boating, trips to the tropics and Europe, and community parades.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Joseph and Sarah Unobskey immigrated to New England from Russia in 1903. Working first in Boston, they relocated to Eastport, Maine, and finally settled in Calais, Maine, in 1911. After Joseph's death in 1922, Sarah and her three sons expanded the family business, which was based on clothing stores and real estate, and helped to revitalize the Calais economy. The family also ran the State Theater in Calais. VHS tapes are copies of original 16 mm. films. Video intertitles were inserted by Martha Goldner, a Unobskey family member.

"Crossing lines: histories of Jews and Gentiles in three communities" by Judith S. Goldstein, contains a chapter on the Unobskey family. WorldCat

People and Organizations
Martha Unobskey Goldner
Northeast Historic Film
Access is restricted; consult repository for detail.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See for more information.
Items in this collection: 17
Showing 1 - 10 of 17:
1) [Unobskey--home movies]
[Unobskey--home movies] are scenes of Jewish family life in Calais, ME, spanning four decades. Footage includes graduations, birthday parties and other family celebrations, ice skating...more
2) [Unobskey--home movies] Reel 1
NHF cataloguer's notes, 3/97: Woman with stole. Palm trees. Pan of harbor. (Jerky quick shots.) Crowd with African Americans. Line of women on parapet. Fort. Quick portraits man and wom...more
3) [Unobskey--home movies] Reel 2
NHF cataloguer's notes, 3/97: Women and men dancing in bathrobes on terrace. Mountains and village from boat. Views of harbor from boat. Three women pose in front on mountain landscape...more
4) [Unobskey--home movies] Reel 3
NHF cataloguer's notes 3/97: Dooryard with little [girl] in front of car. Another girl joins her. Both walk towards camera. LS man in jacket on lawn hugs woman who approaches with other...more
5) [Unobskey--home movies] Reel 4
NHF Cataloguer's notes, 3/97: On boat. Woman holding up unreadable date sign. Woman helping older woman take off sweater. Man lighting cigarette and taking off sunglasses. Boys carrying...more
6) New York World's Fair and Maine, 1940--Unobskey family--home movies. Reel 5
1939-1940. Return trip from the World's Fair. Sukie, Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Bill. Birthday party 1940. more
7) [Unobskey--home movies] Reel 6
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 6: (3:43:02) Store front with extremely crowded sidewalk. Cop (police) car and boy on bike start parade. White car with sign on top 'Make Unobskey's your...more
8) [Unobskey--home movies] Reels 7-9
Amateur footage. Can notes in quotes. Reel numbers are NHF assigned. 7. (400 ft., b&w) Visit to Desert of Maine, visit to Bangor--Judge Pines et al. in Calais, Algonquin Store Party...more
9) [Unobskey--home movies] Reel 10
NHF cataloguer's notes, 3/97: Pan of two women, man and two teenage boys in front of 'Canadian Pacific' sign. Woman with her parents? Elderly man and woman. Elderly woman kisses man on...more
10) [Unobskey--home movies] Reel 11
NHF cataloguer's notes, 3/97: (4:19:40 faded col.) Two men and a woman (Martha) walking in field with low stone walls. They look at pond. Statue. Pan of valley with fields and ruins. Ma...more
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