Ned and Dorrice Bell Collection
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Collection Date Range
1920 - 1956
Collection contains [Bell--home movies], family scenes at home in Hancock Point, Maine, and Pennsylvania, vacationing across the United States, and cruising around the world. Footage encompasses golfing, tennis, picnics, pets, Christmas, swimming, weddings, tourism, and more, including the shipboard entertainments of shuffleboard and mock wrestling. The world travel reels include India, China, Italy, Japan, France, Egypt, Indonesia, and Thailand. In France, the Bells photographed Paris street scenes, military graveyards, children playing in a garden, and, from their train car, the countryside. The Collection also contains two commercial news shorts, "The Coronation of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth," and the Castle Films News Parade, "Midway and Coral Sea Battles."
Biographical/Historical Notes
The family home in Hancock Point, Maine, named Bellview, was built around 1920 and became the Bells’ year round residence in 1932. Prior to 1932, Ned and Dorrice Bell lived in Pennsylvania.
People and Organizations
Bell Family
Items in this collection: 90
Showing 1 - 10 of 90:
1) [Bell--home movies] Reel 14
Label: 'HBB. 1928.' // Woman holding hands with small child on a country road. Between them they are holding a large wrapped package or present. Child sits at edge of water. Swimmers di...more
2) [Bell--home movies] Reel 23
Label: 'India to Singapore. Cruise D.' [1929]more
3) [Bell--home movies] Reel 25
Label: 'Hancock Point, Chapel, Library, Sunbeam. long ago. Historic Hancock pageant. Historic Hancock Pt., Bar Harbor, Lucerne.' [1929]more
4) [Bell--home movies] Reel 30
Label: 'Cruise E. Ship's party. Siam - Manila.' [1930] // Note: Thailand was known as Siam until 1949.more
5) [Bell--home movies] Reels 31-39
Film box or can/reel notes as follows. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. REELS FROM THIS POINT ON NEED TO BE RENUMBERED--WORK IN PROGRESS. 31. Cruise H. Hawaii - New York. Bahamas. Havana...more
7) [Bell--home movies] Reel 034
Film box or can/reel notes as follows. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. 34. Cruise C. Egypt (Luxor) - India [1930]more
8) [Bell--home movies] Reel 41
Label: 'H. Pt. about 1937. B'view, snowstorm, Daisy-anns & Sally anns, H.B.B. & S.R. Hancock School. Hancock Church. #9.'more
9) [Bell--home movies] Reel 46
Label: 'Molasses Pond. Schoodic Point. Picnic. Landons.' [1937]more
10) [Bell--home movies] Reel 51
Label: 'Very good film--Kodach. Bellview in spring. Tally-Ho-Bangor Riding Club. Picnic at Webb Pond. Harlow-Bell-Robinson-Parsons-Whitesides.' [1938]more
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