Joanne Swift Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
Joanne Swift Collection, 1695
Credit: Joanne Swift Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Joanne Swift with her twin sister Susan and their mother, Rubye Taylor.
Collection Date Range
1938 - 1977
The Joanne Swift Collection consists of 9 reels of amateur 8mm and 2 reels of super 8 shot primarily by Joanne Swift between 1957 and 1968 and her father Donald Taylor between 1938 and 1955. The films document Joanne and her twin sister Susan's childhood in Maine, and continue with Joanne's family after she is married and has children. They take place mostly in Portland, Stockton Springs, Bangor, and boating and camping trips along coastal Maine and to Moosehead and Sebago Lakes. Of particular interest are reels documenting local events, including 1938 hurricane damage in Cape Elizabeth and the Bucksport pier fire circa 1946.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Donald R. Taylor and Rubye G. McKean were married in Bangor in 1932. They had twin girls circa 1937, Joanne and Susan. Donald owned a hardware store called Taylor-Berry in Bucksport (now the Nicholson Building across from Bookstacks).
Other than the twins there are two other prominent figures in the earlier films. These are the girls' cousin George Martens III, called "Buzz," and the family dog “Bos’n.” Susan married Barney Jackson in 1957 and Joanne married Calvin T. Swift in 1959. Joanne and Calvin had two daughters, Janet and Pamela.
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 for more information.
Items in this collection: 10
Showing 1 - 10 of 10:
1) Children, winter scenes, flowers, 1938-1942--Joanne Swift--home movies. Reel 1
Compiled black-and-white and color footage of the Taylor family including winter scenes and children playing in the yard.more
2) Beach scenes, coastal Maine, children, Christmas, 1941--Joanne Swift--home movies. Reel 2
Compiled black-and-white and color home movies of the family at the beach and hiking around Maine; and color footage of the twins playing with their presents Christmas 1941.more
3) Children playing, box trick, farm animals, Portland water tower, 1940-1941--Joanne Swift--home movies. Reel 3
Compiled reel of color home movies including the twins playing outside, a camera trick with several children crawling into a box, a family boat trip to Fort Knox, farm animals, and scen...more
4) Wedding, Disneyland, Children playing, 1959-1964--Joanne Swift--home movies. Reel 4
Wedding. Outside shot of bride, Joanne Swift, and her father at door to church with other people. Dark footage inside the church. Pan of the crowd from the back of church. Bride and...more
5) Children, fishing, London, 1965-1967--Joanne Swift--home movies. Reel 5
Pan across front of estate. Pan across Garden with fountain and statures. Man with a little black dog in front of garage. He shovels snow while girl makes snow angels. Pan of fron...more
6) Boats and outdoor family scenes, 1957-1963--Joanne Swift--home movies. Reel 6
Reel 10: Snow - end of bridge. Chipmunk South Portland. 'Sue Jo' South Portland. She[?] Marten Taylor. South Portland fertilizer plant. Boats in cove. Stockton Springs centennial. Floa...more
7) Children, swimming, ice skating, Bucksport fire, 1940-1946--Joanne Swift--home movies. Reel 7
Compiled reel of black-and-white and color home movies including beach and camping scenes; Rubye, Jo, and Sue ice skating on the frozen driveway; and a pier fire in Bucksport.more
8) Fishing, camping, trip to Canada, graduation, chemical plant, 1948-1952--Joanne Swift--home movies. Reel 8
Color: Pan of Moosehead Lake. Two woman sit by boat (Rubye and Ellen Jewett). Man (George Jewett) in boat threading fishing rod. CU of women. Pan across the lake to Mt. Kineo. CU o...more
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