Whipple Family Collection
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Credit: Whipple home movies, Whipple Family Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Ice harvesters float ice pieces toward a conveyor to the ice house, ca. 1920s-1930s.
Credit: Excerpt from Whipple home movies, Whipple Family Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Ice harvesting, ca. 1920s-1930s.
Primary Format and Extent
film (6,600 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.
Secondary Format and Extent
audiocassette tape
Collection Date Range
1927 - 1957
The Whipple Family Collection consists of amateur films depicting family leisure and recreation. The footage was shot outdoors, mostly in either the summer or the winter. The summer scenes are in Plymouth, Mass.: on the grounds of Forges Farm, at the beach, and on the water, boating. The winter scenes, some of which were shot in Webster, Mass., depict playful activities such as sledding. There is footage of a football game played by the Middlesex prep school team (the school is in Concord, Mass.). One passage shows Forges farmhands harvesting ice from Howland Pond. Another shows workers exiting the Chilton Company, a rug manufacturing firm in Webster owned by Sherman Whipple, Jr. There is footage of excavation work being done by Forges Farm Contractors. Vacation footage includes scenes shot in St. Louis, Mo., and Havana, Cuba. There is documentation of festivities on the Plymouth shore as the Mayflower II—a replica of the ship on which the Pilgrims sailed to America—arrives from England. Whipple family members participated in welcoming the ship. The collection includes a commercially made short film, "The Voyage of the Mayflower II" [United World Films, 1957].
Biographical/Historical Notes
Sherman Leland Whipple (1862-1930) was a prominent trial lawyer in Boston. He was a descendant of Matthew Whipple, who migrated to America in 1634. Sherman Whipple and his wife Louise (Clough) Whipple had three children, Dorothy, Katharyn, and Sherman Jr., and resided in Brookline, Mass., on a 300-acre estate called Clydehurst. In 1910, Whipple purchased the 4000-acre Forges Farm in the Chiltonville section of Plymouth, Mass., from Eben Jordan, Jr., son of the co-founder of the Boston department store Jordan Marsh. The extended Whipple family spent summers on the farm, and some members lived there year round. Sherman Whipple, Jr., a businessman and resident of Webster, Mass., was the primary cameraperson for the Whipple Family films.
Amateur, Educational
Northeast Historic Film
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
Items in this collection: 36
Showing 1 - 10 of 36:
1) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 1
Boy throws ball for dog. Woman dressed in flapper dress pushing boy on swing. Boy missing some teeth. Smiles at camera. Swings himself sideways on swing. Flings legs around. Strikes var...more
2) [Whipple --home movies] Reel 2
Reel 2: Horsedrawn hayer passes frame. Rider in white. Man diving off of board that seems attached to his cottage porch. Trick dives. Man on tall horse accompanies boy on pony for a rid...more
3) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 3
Reel 3: "Nanno and her little whips". Porch. Older woman with baby on her knee bouncing. Brother approaches with mask from behind. Grandmother pulls it off. Two brothers riding by on ho...more
4) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 4
Reel 4: Pan waterfalls. Factory. Car approaching. Line approaching. Two portraitures. Man and woman. Diving across bridge. Hood ornament seen. 180-degree pan rolling hills. Towns in dis...more
5) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 5
"CHRISTENING: Margret Louis and Ann Platt. July 23 1927." Group comes around blind of shrubbery. Children all in matching dresses. Holding parents hands. Mother holds baby up to camera....more
6) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 6
Reel 6: (10:29) Street scenes from car. Daughter and father(?) walking. LS cluster of buildings. Inside zoo. Polar bears swinging heads. Black bear sitting. Elephant exiting building, t...more
7) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 7
Reel 7: "Quick scenes from Dr Kaligari." (15:44). Pan. Neighborhood. Man climbs down ladder leaning on house. Backyards. Telephone wires. Inside building now, very dark. Group of men li...more
8) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 8
Reel 8: Pan field in snow. Tiny silhouettes of people walking, skiing. Right pan of parking lot to shot of hood in foreground. (Tremendous depth of field in shot.) CU man skiing on flat...more
9) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 9
Reel 9: Man exits house with golf clubs, followed by two boys. Boys on stilts amble across lawn. Two boys on different sized stilts walking across camera frame. CU parents (25:21) watc...more
10) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 10
Reel 10: (32:22). Caribbean. Woman walking away from camera with elaborate hat. Jerky pan of family members on street. 180-degree pan of street. Gardens. Silhouettes of trees. Palms. Ox...more
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