Arthur Pentecost Collection
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Credit: Arthur Pentecost Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Departing New York, view of Cunard Pier, 1930.
Credit: Arthur Pentecost home movies. Excerpt from "England, 1929." 16 mm. film. From the Arthur Pentecost Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 1:53.
Primary Format and Extent
24 film reels
Collection Date Range
1925 - 1943
The Arthur Pentecost Collection contains 21 reels of amateur 16 mm. film and 3 reels of commercial film. Primarily shot by Arthur Pentecost, the film shows his family at home in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, and on annual trips to Europe. The footage of trips to Europe is divided between sightseeing shots of London and other European cities, and family-centered footage at the Pentecost family home in Nottingham. The street scenes of European cities are of particular interest for their view of daily life, buildings, and architecture in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection also includes a significant amount of footage of the ocean liners on which the family traveled to Europe. Frequent shots of trains, bridges, and boats demonstrate Pentecost's evident interest in engineering and mechanics. Three reels of film focus exclusively on machinery, and may depict Pentecost's inventions for Remington Rand or the Wales Adding Machine Co.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Arthur Pentecost was born in Nottingham, England in 1875. The Pentecost family were owners of textile factories all over the world. Pentecost moved to the United States around 1905. He trained as an engineer and worked for the Wales Adding Machine Company and Remington Rand. Pentecost kept machine tools in his basement workshop and received patents for computational machines and printer improvements.
Pentecost married Emma Rae Sneed, who had her son, Howell Cicero Sneed, with her first husband. Howell Sneed married Rita Ann Thoubboron, and had a son, William Arthur Sneed, Sr. in 1920. After the couple's divorce, Rita Thoubboron Sneed and her son continued to live in Upper Montclair, New Jersey with Arthur Pentecost. They traveled annually to England to visit family at Wilford Grange, the Pentecost family home in Nottingham. Pentecost loved the ocean journeys to Europe, and had an avid interest in ocean liners and steamships.

Remington Rand was formed by the merger of the Remington Typewriter Company, Rand Kardex Company, and Powers Accounting Machine Company in 1927. From its inception until 1958, it was led by founder James Rand, Jr.

Families, Ships, Sports, Travel
Northeast Historic Film
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
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Items in this collection: 24
Showing 1 - 10 of 24:
1) England, 1929--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 1
This reel includes footage of a trip to England and ocean journey back to the United States. Men on a sports playing field. Scenes of gardens and landscaped grounds along a river. Lo...more
2) Christmas circa 1933--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 2
Short scenes, including footage of a train, dogs, a man sitting in lawn chair, and a man standing on a hill top. People skiing. Spectators watching skiers on a ski jump. Shots of a u...more
3) Camp graduation, N.H.--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 3
Scenes from an outdoor graduation ceremony. Shots of members of a family around the yard and garden of a house. Brief shot of a military ceremony. This reel includes both black and w...more
4) 1930 trip--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 4
Ship leaving harbor (shot from the ship). Shots of other boats in harbor, New York skyline, and Statue of Liberty. Scenes on board the ship. Crew tending to ship and passengers playi...more
5) 1930 trip--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 5
Notes in can: '1930-London-Laundry at Liverpool, Car Being ..., Wilford Grange, Surrey's Russell at home.' Footage of ocean liner. Passengers disembarking and crew lowering an automob...more
6) 1930 trip--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 6
Reel F 1930 Trip England People walking through a garden and lawn. London street scenes. People in yard and garden of house; playing golf, having tea, sitting around. Footage of fam...more
7) Family and winter scenes--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 7
Mostly shots of family and children outside their house and around their neighborhood. Boy playing in the yard. Shot of a train. People at an ice skating rink. Children building a s...more
8) England--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 8
Exterior of a factory. London street scenes, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Family and pets outside of a house. Pullman train at a station platform. Dark footage of the interior of facto...more
9) 1930--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 9
People walking down a street in an English town. Family picnicking. Scenes of a town in the countryside. Beekeeping scene. Family visiting the grounds of large house. Family relaxi...more
10) Europe 1931--Arthur Pentecost--home movies. Reel 10
Shots of trains passing in the distance. A train at a station platform. Scenes of a seaside town and beach. Short shot of St. Paul's Cathedral and a London street scene. People watc...more
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